Outposts®

Sustainability is Security

What Is A Helical Outpost®

The patent pending Helical Outpost® is a sustainable integrated hydroponic greenhouse and power station with satellite internet access and a water filtration system that creates up to 2,000 gallons of clean water per day, 10.8 kilowatt hours of commercial grade solar power and 2,300 crop units per week. The Outpost’s hydroponic farm uses 80% less water and produces more than 10 times the equivalent of 3 acres of organic farm soil in 6,000 square feet. All of these resources unpack from a shipping container with plug and play capabilities that can be easily deployed anywhere in the world.

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What a Helical Outpost® Provides

The Outpost’s® state-of-the-art integrated systems make it much more than a simple hydroponic farm. It’s a power station, a communication hub, and a water purifier all in one.

Water

up to 2000 gallons of clean water per day

Solar Energy & Power System

up to 11 kilowatts hours of commercial grade solar power per day

Hydroponic Agriculture

innovative, portable greenhouse solution that is “relocatable”

Marketplace | Community Hub

Compact enough to fit in community spaces, rooftops, and backyards, but large enough to host a farmers market

Mobile Communication

satellite internet capability for areas with poor to no internet access anywhere in the world

The Outpost® in Action

The Outpost® has the potential to create a farmers market in a local community while simultaneously stabilizing a remote region of a war torn conflict zone in desperate need of basic resources thousands of miles across the globe. See below to learn how.

Marketplace | Community Hub

Compact enough to fit in community spaces, rooftops, and backyards, but large enough to host a farmers market

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Humanitarian Assistance

Sustainability is security. Global conflict and natural disasters strain our ability to provide people basic human resources like food, water, energy, shelter and communications.
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Education

The Outpost is a specialized educational tool that uniquely integrates Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture and Mathematics

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FAQ

The Outpost consumes up to 80% less water than standard soil based growing. While growing system configurations vary, the all NFT system with nearly 4900 plants will average 100 gallons per day, but could consume up to 250 gallons per day depending on the climate.

The Outpost will produce at least 1100 plants a week, the amount of 1.5 acres of soil based lettuce in 1440 sq. feet or 2300 plants per week, the amount of 3 acres of soil based lettuce in 2880 sq. feet.

The hydronic greenhouse uses 80% less water compared to soil based agriculture.

The Outpost is transported as an intermodal shipping container. In order to receive the Outpost a level rectangular pad, with unobstructed southern exposure must be available.

While the greenhouse requires no foundation, installation requires a minimum of 14-24 cylindrical footings (cement sonotubes or helical screws) must be installed in order to support the greenhouse columns.

The H020 requires a minimum 400 gallons of water per day. The H040 requires a minimum 800 gallons of water per day.

A secondary power source is recommended in addition to the solar power panels.

The Outpost requires a minimum of 3300 sq. feet and a maximum of 6000 sq. feet for installation.

The Outpost has several growing configurations available; 100% NFT, 100% vining, and a hybrid of the two. In an Outpost-20 with an all NFT system, you could produce up to 1162 full heads of lettuce per week. With an all vining setup, you could produce up to 187 pounds of produce per week. The hybrid growing system in an Outpost-20 would give you capacity to grow up to 581 heads of lettuce and 75 lbs of vining crop produce per week.

In an Outpost-40 with an all NFT system, you could produce up to 2324 full heads of lettuce per week. With an all vining setup, you could produce up to 350 pounds of vining crop produce per week. The hybrid growing system in an Outpost-40 would give you capacity to grow up to 1162 heads of lettuce and 150 pounds of vining crop produce per week.

An Outpost package comes equipped with a container hub, solar system, battery storage, water filtration system, satellite voice and data system, greenhouse, hydroponic equipment, plumbing and all the necessary electrical equipment used in operating the greenhouse (fans, roll-up wall, control system, pumps, heater (if applicable), and grow lights (if applicable).

The Outpost’s pre-integrated water purification system is equipped with four levels of filtration – charcoal, sediment, reverse osmosis and UV light.

The filtration system is capable of cleaning up to 2000 gallons of contaminated water per day. The filtration system can clean a range of toxins that include chlorine, sewage and bacteria. Specific results are based on levels of toxicity.

The Outpost will require a minimum of 2-2.5 gallons of nutrient solution per week.

The Outpost will require a minimum 30-45 minutes morning and evening 6 days a week and one 8 hour day a week for crop rotation.

The Outpost comes with a standard 1 year warranty. Several Outpost components come with longer manufacturer warranties, including:

  • Solar panels — minimum of 80% output for 25 years
  • Heat exchanger — 10 years
  • LED grow lights — 5 years
  • NFT channels — 10 years
  • Hydroponic table frames — 20 years