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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,206.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE41P
Award Id:
95499
Agency Tracking Number:
094481
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
X13
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder Street, Chico, CA, 95973
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
933302655
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza
Principal Investigator
(512) 589-0718
scarranza@makelengineering.com
Business Contact:
Susana Carranza
Business Official
(512) 589-0718
scarranza@makelengineering.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop detailed design requirements for adapting COTS cooking appliances for meal preparation under Lunar 8 psia ambient conditions, and to produce one or more prototype devices required for a Lunar galley by modifying commercial off the shelf consumer kitchen appliances to hold Earth ambient pressure safely in an oxygen-enriched, 8 psi space habitat. The modified devices will be use-tested to determine labor requirements for selected food preparation tasks in modified vs. unmodified equipment. Finally, foods prepared at earth ambient pressure and 8 psi ambient pressure in the same equipment will be sensory tested to elucidate differences in flavor, texture, and overall acceptability. The proof-of-concept prototypes produced in this project will be suitable for testing food preparation in lunar habitat analogues. They will be designed for use under positive, zero or negative pressure to serve multiple research purposes, including preparation of foods under 8 psi ambient pressure, and fire safety testing in the habitat atmosphere.

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