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EDEN ISS Rack-like food production unit: results after mission in Antarctica

Boscheri, Giorgio and Marchitelli, Giovanni and Lobascio, C. and Saverino, A. and Zabel, Paul (2019) EDEN ISS Rack-like food production unit: results after mission in Antarctica. 49th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 7.-11. Juli 2019, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Official URL: https://ttu-ir.tdl.org/handle/2346/84802


Plant cultivation in large-scale closed environments is challenging and several key technologies necessary for space-based plant production are not yet space-qualified or remain in early stages of development. The Horizon2020 EDEN ISS project aims at development and demonstration of higher plant cultivation technologies, suitable for near term deployment on the International Space Station (ISS) and, in a longer term perspective, within Moon and Mars habitats. The EDEN ISS consortium, as part of the performed activities, has designed and built a plant cultivation system having form, fit and function of a European Drawer Rack 2 (EDR II) payload, with a modularity that would allow its incremental installation in the ISS homonymous rack, occupying from one-quarter rack to the full system. The developed system, named RUCOLA (Rack-like Unit for Consistent on-orbit Leafy crops Availability) was completed and tested in a laboratory environment in early 2017. The system was then operated in the highly-isolated German Antarctic Neumayer Station III, in a container-sized test facility to provide realistic mass flow relationships and interaction with a crewed environment. This paper describes the key results of the RUCOLA plant growth facility tests in Antarctica as a space-analogue environment.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/128531/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:EDEN ISS Rack-like food production unit: results after mission in Antarctica
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Boscheri, GiorgioThales Alenia Space Italia, 10146 Torino, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Marchitelli, GiovanniThales Alenia Space Italia, 10146 Torino, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Lobascio, C.Thales Alenia Space Italia, 10146 Torino, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Saverino, A.Thales Alenia Space Italia, 10146 Torino, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Zabel, PaulPaul.Zabel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7907-9230
Date:7 July 2019
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:RUCOLA EDEN ISS Antarctica Neumayer ISPR
Event Title:49th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Event Location:Boston, Massachusetts
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:7.-11. Juli 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Zabel, Paul
Deposited On:24 Jul 2019 10:14
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:26

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