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Mobile Greenhouse Test Facility Design for Analogue Testing at the German Neumayer III Antarctic Station

Zabel, Paul and Bamsey, Matthew and Schubert, Daniel and Poulet, Lucie and Zeidler, Conrad (2014) Mobile Greenhouse Test Facility Design for Analogue Testing at the German Neumayer III Antarctic Station. Agrospace Conference, 22.-23.05.2014, Sperlonga, Italien.

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Technologies for deployment into a mobile plant production unit are presently undergoing test at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute for Space Systems. Developing subsystems include LED lighting, aeroponic nutrient delivery, ion-selective sensors and stacked growth systems. These systems will soon be integrated into a sea-container to undergo an integrated test-campaign prior to the eventual deployment to the Antarctic. The high yield, low resource use plant production system will be installed externally to the nominal Neumayer III station and operate year-round. Produced food will provide non-negligible supplementation to over-wintering crew diets enhancing the psychological well-being of crew members. The Alfred Wegner Institute’s Neumayer III Antarctic station, serves as a useful space analogue site for the advancement of several key technologies and general operational strategies of space-based bio-regenerative life support systems. Due to the integrated nature of the mobile test facility, quantification of all inputs, generated biomass and crew time will be conducted. Although primary operations will be conducted by the Neumayer III crew members, in an analogous manner to on-orbit and future planetary surface plant production systems, telepresence by a backroom of experts will also be incorporated into the overall greenhouse operational strategy. Results of a survey of other past and current Antarctic greenhouses and growth chambers will also be described.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/93375/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mobile Greenhouse Test Facility Design for Analogue Testing at the German Neumayer III Antarctic Station
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Zabel, PaulPaul.zabel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Bamsey, MatthewDLRUNSPECIFIED
Schubert, DanielDLRUNSPECIFIED
Poulet, Lucielucie.poulet (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zeidler, Conradconrad.zeidler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:23 May 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:greenhouse module, closed environment agriculture, plant cultivation in space
Event Title:Agrospace Conference
Event Location:Sperlonga, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:22.-23.05.2014
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt :envihab
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Zabel, Paul
Deposited On:11 Dec 2014 11:26
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:50

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