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Self-Sustaining Crop Production Unit

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CA33P
Agency Tracking Number: 150208
Amount: $124,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
840 Summer Street, Suite 108
Boston, MA 02127-1533
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jon Friedman
 Lead Engineer
 (976) 235-4787
Business Contact
 Viktoria Shulevich
Title: Dir. of Business Development
Phone: (877) 687-4326
Research Institution
 Clemson University
 Viktoria Shulevich
300 Brackett Hall, Box 345702
Clemson, SC 29634-5702
United States

 (877) 687-4326
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

NASA's goals to explore deep space through manned missions requires development of self-sustaining life support systems. A diverse team from Freight Farms, Inc. have partnered with Clemson University to merge knowledge of sustainable farming with engineering expertise to create off-grid infrastructure for self-sustaining plant life that will assist NASA with their goals. Freight Farms' current product, the Leafy Green Machine (LGM) will serve as the baseline for this project. The LGM is a fully-operational hydroponic farm built inside an up-cycled freight container and capable of producing yields at commercial-scale in any climate and in any season. This STTR would provide the ability to further Freight Farms' research and development through design of more efficient systems with the aim of achieving independence from the energy grid. Development of advanced environmental controls and application of closed-loop theory to agricultural processes will result in a model for self-sustaining plant life. The innovations resulting from this project will serve purposes for both NASA applications as well as in the commercial market by providing a secure source of food to populations regardless of their climate areas, terrain, energy infrastructure, or available land.

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