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The EDEN Inititave - Overview of DLR'S Life Support Systems Developments utilizing Higher Plant Cultivation

Schubert, Daniel and Bamsey, Matthew and Zabel, Paul and Poulet, Lucie and Zeidler, Conrad (2014) The EDEN Inititave - Overview of DLR'S Life Support Systems Developments utilizing Higher Plant Cultivation. Agrospace 2014, 22-23 May 2014, Sperlonga, Italien.

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Humanity’s plans to further explore space require the development of Bio-regenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS) fully incorporated into the habitats on Moon and Mars. These concepts aim to decrease the (re-)supply mass by (re-)generating essential resources for humans through biological processes. Within a BLSS, the cultivation of higher plants can take an essential role, since it can contribute to all major functional aspects (all-in-one-approach) in closing different loops within a habitat (e.g. food production, CO2 reduction & O2 production, water recycling and waste management). Furthermore, fresh crops are not only beneficial for human physiological health, but also have a positive impact towards the crew’s psychological health. Adding up these features, the higher plants represent a unique asset, which makes the investigation in their cultivation procedures an essential endeavor. The EDEN Initiative is one pillar of the DLR’s ambition to develop BLSS for human long-duration space missions utilizing Higher Plant cultivation. EDEN combines different CEA Technologies (Controlled Environment Agriculture) within a planetary Greenhouse-Module (GHM). The group’s research focus is set on: • System Analysis of advanced greenhouse systems for planetary deployments (e.g. Moon/ Mars) • GHM Air Management Systems • Aeroponic- and advanced Nutrient Delivery Systems • Water-cooled LED systems • Health Monitoring Systems • Analogue Test Site Campaigns • Terrestrial Spin-off Application (e.g. Vertical Farming) The presentation gives an overview of the latest activities of the EDEN Initiative. Furthermore, the new EDEN laboratory incl. biological cleanroom, suitable for different plant experiments will be highlighted. This laboratory will be the nucleus for a variety of plant cultivation experiments within closed environments (e.g. testing of different light - & irrigation systems).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/94122/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The EDEN Inititave - Overview of DLR'S Life Support Systems Developments utilizing Higher Plant Cultivation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schubert, Danieldaniel.schubert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zabel, PaulPaul.zabel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Poulet, Lucielucie.poulet (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zeidler, Conradconrad.zeidler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6049-1321
Date:June 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:EDEN Initiative, CEA Technologies, BLSS
Event Title:Agrospace 2014
Event Location:Sperlonga, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:22-23 May 2014
Organizer:Aerosekur, DLR
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 - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt :envihab (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Schubert, Daniel
Deposited On:08 Jan 2015 10:58
Last Modified:09 Nov 2020 11:03

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