Prototech AS has designed and manufactured the breadboard version of the Plant Cultivation Chamber. This chamber will be used for plant cultivation during the ground testing of the TIME SCALE equipment.
In TIME SCALE, Prototech AS coordinates the engineering of the Crop Cultivation System, an assembly of several modules such as the Plant Cultivation Chamber, the Water and Nutrient Management System and the Plant Health Monitoring System. Additionally, the Norwegian company develops the Plant Cultivation Chamber for the breadboard. The breadboard is a prototype construction to demonstrate operational capability of the TIME SCALE hardware. This ground-testing will provide important results and experience for further refinement of flight versions for the International Space Station and hardware for future regenerative life support systems in space.
The final breadboard version of the Plant Cultivation Chamber. After integration into the Modular Test Bed, this will be used for life testing, cultivating plants to demonstrate operational capabilities of the TIME SCALE equipment. Photo: Prototech AS.
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December 5, 2017