Can Humans Have Babies In Space? SpaceBorn United Wants to Find Out
Are humans able to give birth to babies in the empty vacuum of space? It’s one of those questions that you haven’t ever really thought about, but once you hear it it’s all you can think about. We may have an answer soon, thanks to the biotech startup SpaceBorn United.
The company was founded by Egbert Edelbroek, a Dutch entrepreneur with a profound curiosity for interplanetary exploration. In an interview with MIT Technology Review, Edelbroek explains his motivation for discovering the finer points of space-borne childbirth. “Humanity needs a backup plan,” he says. “If you want to be a sustainable species, you want to be a multiplanetary species.”
Now don’t get too excited and try to sign up for some kind of intergalactic baby-making experiment. SpaceBorn United is only looking at testing the effects of in vitro fertilization in space. So you won’t be able to add the title of “intergalactic baby-maker” to your job resume just yet.
The company looks to send a rocket into low Earth orbit sometime in the next year. This rocket will contain a mini lab where IVF can occur. If it succeeds, Edelbroek thinks it could open up the door for humanity to further expand its planetary conquests for future generations.
Assuming the initial mission goes off without a hitch, SpaceBorn is confident they can conduct other IVF experiments and have babies in space for years to come, expanding all the way to 2028. You can see a full timeline of their projected mission schedule here.