Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies for Safe Food Production in Space
EDEN ISS develops a Mobile Test Facility with integrated nutrient delivery system, high-performance LED lighting, bio-detection and decontamination system, imaging systems for monitoring plant health, and robust thermal, power and air management systems.
The facility was tested during the EDEN ISS analogue mission in Antarctica (February – November 2018), providing 270 kilos of fresh, edible produce for the crew at the Neumayer III Antarctic station, operated by the Alfred-Wegener-Institute. Today it continues to serve as an analogue environment for testing plant cultivation under extreme environmental and logistical conditions with extended operation until 2021.
2015 – 2021
German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Bremen – Germany, LIQUIFER Systems Group – Austria, National Research Council – Italy, University of Guelph – Canada, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research – Germany, Enginsoft – Italy, Airbus Defense and Space – Germany, Thales Alenia Space, Turin – Italy, Aero Sekur – Italy, Wageningen University and Research – the Netherlands, Heliospectra – Sweden, Limerick Institute of Technology – Ireland, Telespazio – Italy
Photos Interior: Bruno Stubenrauch, Photo Exterior: DLR, Renderings: LIQUIFER Systems Group