Seed Transport, Storage and Handling System (SEEDSYS)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA385
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Morrow
 Principal Research Scientist
 (608) 827-5000
 morrowr@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Vice President/CFO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: ricee@orbitec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
With Space Station, opportunities for long duration plant experimentation in space, including seed-to-seed multi-generational studies become increasingly available. This will require not just transport of seed to orbit, but means to stow and handle seed. The innovation of the proposed seed transport, storage and handling system (SEEDSYS) is the development and integration of a seed management system with the following capabilities: 1) controlled environment storage of bulk seed or pre-seeded root modules to minimize decreases in viability from environmental factors; 2) tools for pre-germination treatments (seed priming); 3) tools for cleaning and planting seed harvested on-orbit; 4) a container system for allowing reliable transport of seed in diverse carriers; and 5) capabilities for storage of seeds in a defined gas atmosphere (nitrogen, CO2). Innovative design integrates this suite of tools for effective function in microgravity and to accommodate a wide range of potential experiments. SEEDSYS would increase science capability for experimenters, reduce crew workloads, and reduce launch and landing mass of plant growth systems. Project tasks will include developing conceptual designs of SEEDSYS components, defining requirements for the efficient integration of the components, and performing a preliminary system level safety analysis.

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