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Development of modular test-bed

The TIME SCALE project was presented at the 7th International AgroSpace Workshop, May 26 - 27, 2016 in Sperlonga, Italy.

The aim of the bi-annual AgroSpace Workshop is to link the two important sectors of the Agrotechnologies and Life Support Systems for space missions, which share significant technological, social and market synergies.

TIME SCALE oral presentation

Title

TIME SCALE - Improved cultivation system for future life science experiments on ISS: Development of Modular Test-Bed

Authors

D. Santachiara1, M. Cavazzuti1, M. Hempel2, Ø.M. Jakobsen3, TIME SCALE Consortium, B.G.B. Solheim2 and A.I.K. Jost3

1) Design and Technologies for High Performance Mechanics (DTM), Modena, Italy. 2) Prototech AS, Bergen, Norway 3) Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS), NTNU Social Research, Trondheim, Norway

Abstract

For long term missions in space, humans will need an efficient, safe and reliable closed regenerative life support system. Scientific knowledge on higher plant and crop physiology as well as fundamental biological processes under Lunar and Martian gravity are essential to ensure safe and reliable food supply in future space exploration.

The TIME SCALE project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program on Space exploration and science. The project aims at developing knowledge and technology compatible with the European Space Agency (ESA) European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) as a basis for next level life science research in space. The EMCS has been successfully operated on the International Space Station (ISS) for several years allowing scientific research on plants under various gravitational conditions, e.g. for simulating Mars and Moon gravity. The TIME SCALE project includes development of larger and adapted experiment containers taking into account the EMCS envelope. Additionally, substantial research and development activity will be directed towards water and nutrient recirculation supply for an improved cultivation system, including new sensor technologies to monitor plant nutrient availability. Remote sensing diagnosis of plant health will be investigated for future space applications using sensors, multispectral imaging techniques and Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry. The knowledge and technology gained in the project have relevance both for space and terrestrial agriculture. The utilization of the EMCS shall also be extended to microalgae cultivation and therefore needs a modular/flexible interface design.

TIME SCALE will develop a crop cultivation system breadboard to demonstrate the system’s operational capability. To enable on-ground testing and verification of the breadboard, a modular test-bed (MTB) will be designed and developed. This presentation will introduce the TIME SCALE project, emphasizing on the MTB concept and development.

Presentation

The full presentation can be downloaded as PDF (1.8MB): TIME SCALE presentation - AgroSpace 2016.

TIME SCALE poster

Title

TIME SCALE - Improved cultivation system for future life science experiments on ISS: Development of Modular Test-Bed

Authors

D. Santachiara1, M. Cavazzuti1, M. Hempel2, Ø.M. Jakobsen3, TIME SCALE Consortium, B.G.B. Solheim2 and A.I.K. Jost3

1) Design and Technologies for High Performance Mechanics (DTM), Modena, Italy. 2) Prototech AS, Bergen, Norway 3) Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS), NTNU Social Research, Trondheim, Norway

Poster

The full poster can be downloaded as PDF (0.8MB): TIME SCALE poster - AgroSpace 2016.


May 27, 2016. Illustration: DTM Technologies.