A New Plant Habitat Facility for the ISS



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46th International Conference on Environmental Systems


The NASA Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) is configured as a quad-locker payload to be mounted in a standard EXpedite the PRo-cessing of Experiments to the Space Station Rack on the International Space Station. It is envisioned to be the largest plant growth chamber yet to be developed for ISS. The APH is designed to support commercial and fundamental plant research by providing a broad range of environmental control, analytical, and operational capabilities. The APH science accommodation strategy is to optimize these capabilities within resource constraints (mass, volume, power and crew time). Components of the APH consists of the Growth Light Assembly, Thermal Control Subsystem, Science Carrier, Structural Mounting Assembly, Growth Chamber, Water Recovery and Distribution Subassembly, Power Distribution Assembly, Environmental Control System, Avionics and Fluids Drawer. APH integrates proven microgravity plant growth technologies and is based on an open architecture concept to allow critical subsystems to be removed and replaced onboard the ISS.


United States
ESC / Air Revitalization Lab
ICES500: Life Science/Life Support Research Technologies
Vienna, Austria
Robert C. Morrow, Orbital Technologies Corporation, USA
Robert C. Richter, Jr., Orbital Technologies Corporation, USA
Guillermo Tellez, Orbital Technologies Corporation, USA
Oscar Monje, Enterprise Advisory Services, Inc. (EASI), USA
Ray Wheeler, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, USA
Gioia Massa, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, USA
Nicole Dufour, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, USA
Bryan Onate, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, USA
The 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Vienna, Austria, USA on 10 July 2016 through 14 July 2016.


Plants, Plant Habitats, BLSS, Space Biology