Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, community artist, and TED Senior Fellow. In 2009 he initiated Space Ecologies Art and Design (SEAD), an international network of individuals working in art, science, engineering and advocacy. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical reflection and hands-on experimentation. ‘Seeker’ is one of the resulting projects involving co-created starship sculptures that evolve over time.
In 2013 Angelo, as only European, was selected as crew commander of a NASA funded four month HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii. The purpose of these research studies is to determine what is required to keep a space flight crew happy and healthy during an extended mission to Mars and while living on Mars. Currently he is in the final stage of his PHD studies at TU Delft creating new concepts for starship development.