Deployable Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNK04OA05C
Award Id:
63271
Agency Tracking Number:
023209
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Robert Morrow
Principal Investigator
(608) 827-5000
morrowr@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Crabb
Business Official
(608) 827-5000
johnsond@orbitec.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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