Advanced Cookware and Techniques for Food Preparation at Reduced Pressure and Gravity

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,853.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CB41C
Agency Tracking Number:
094481
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X13.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
CA, Chico, CA, 95973-9064
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
933302655
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza
Principal Investigator
(512) 512-0718
scarranza@makelengineering.com
Business Contact:
Susana Carranza
Senior Engineer
(512) 512-0718
scarranza@makelengineering.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Makel Engineering and Cornell University propose to develop a galley architecture taking into account the design constraints of the space habitat, such as reduced pressure and gravity, minimize size, mass, power and crew time, while producing food with high nutritional value and enough variety, acceptable taste and texture qualities for long term crew consumption. The current design of the space habitat will have a reduced atmospheric pressure of 8 psia which is equivalent to a 16,000 foot mountain top, with oxygen enrichment to prevent hypoxia effects on the crew. The combination of reduced pressure and gravity will affect the heat and mass transfer during food processing and food preparation of the food. Whether the food system is based chiefly on bulk packaged ingredients or crops grown on site, it must minimize mass, volume, power and waste, make effective use of the limited resource of crew time, produce nutritious, highly acceptable and varied food, and integrate into the closed habitat's atmospheric control system by containing and controlling airborne particulates, water vapor and odors generated during food preparation.

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