Deployable Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE)
ORBITEC proposes to develop a deployable facility called the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) to produce vegetable (salad) crops to supplement prepackaged foods during long stays in space. The innovation of the VEGGIE is in providing, within a single middeck locker, a plant growing facility with a growing area of 0.5m2 to 1.0m2, a light source sufficiently intense for crop production, a compressible nutrient and water delivery system, and a semi-passive atmospheric control system that minimizes water use without limiting gas exchange. To minimize complexity, VEGGIE would utilize the cabin environment for temperature control and as a source of CO2. The primary goals are to provide the crew with a palatable, nutritious and safe source of fresh food and to provide the crew with a tool for relaxation and recreation. The anticipated results of Phase II activities include the development of high fidelity VEGGIE prototypes, food safety protocols to prevent microbial contamination, and the necessary data and documentation to support a critical design review (CDR). Completion of the CDR would allow an immediate build of flight qualified units as a Phase III activity.
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Orbital Technologies Corporation
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