Introducing EDEN ISS - A European project on advancing plant cultivation technologies and operations

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Plant cultivation in large-scale closed environments is challenging and several key technologies necessary for space-based plant production are not yet space-qualified or remain in early stages of development. The EDEN ISS project foresees development and demonstration of higher plant cultivation technologies, suitable for future deployment on the International Space Station and from a long-term perspective, within Moon and Mars habitats. The EDEN ISS consortium will design and test essential plant cultivation technologies using an International Standard Payload Rack form factor cultivation system for potential testing on-board the International Space Station. Furthermore, a Future Exploration Greenhouse will be designed with respect to future planetary bio-regenerative life support system deployments. The technologies will be tested in a laboratory environment as well as at the highly-isolated German Antarctic Neumayer Station III. A small and mobile container-sized test facility will be built in order to provide realistic mass flow relationships. In addition to technology development and validation, food safety and plant handling procedures will be developed. This paper describes the goals and objectives of EDEN ISS and the different project phases and milestones. Furthermore, the project consortium will be introduced and the role of each partner within the project is explained.

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Bellevue, Washington
Paul Zabel, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Vincent Vrakking, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Petra Rettberg, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Daniel Schubert, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Oliver Romberg, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Bernd-Wolfgang Johannes, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Conrad Zeidler, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Matthew Bamsey, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Barbara Imhof, LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Robert Davenport, LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Waltraut Hoheneder, LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
René Waclavicek, LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Chris Gilbert, LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Molly Hogle, LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Alberto Battistelli, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Simona Proietti, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Guglielmo Santi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Filomena Nazzaro, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Florinda Fratianni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Raffaele Coppola, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Stefano Moscatello, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Walter Stefanoni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Mike Dixon, University of Guelph, Ontario
Mike Stasiak, University of Guelph, Ontario
Eberhard Kohlberg, Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
The 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Bellevue, Washington, USA on 12 July 2015 through 16 July 2015.
Dirk Mengedoht, Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Lorenzo Bucchieri, EnginSoft S.p.A, Italy
Erik Mazzoleni, EnginSoft S.p.A, Italy

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