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Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies and Operation in Space for Safe Food Production on-board ISS and Future Human Space Exploration Vehicles and Planetary Outposts

Objective

Humanity’s plans to further explore space require the development of bio-regenerative life support systems and in particular plant cultivation. Plants contribute to all major life support functions by producing food and oxygen, reducing carbon dioxide and recycling water and waste. Moreover, fresh crops also have a positive impact on crew psychological well-being. EDEN ISS aims to adapt, integrate and demonstrate plant cultivation technologies and operations procedures for safe food production on-board the International Space Station and for future human space exploration missions. The consortium will demonstrate operational capability of controlled environment agriculture technologies and procedures for safe food production in space. A mobile test facility will be built to provide realistic interfaces analogous to ISS. A one-year demonstration campaign at the Neumayer III Antarctic station will provide extensive testing and validation capability to increase the technology readiness level of key subsystems to 6. Further developing these technologies and operations procedures, including food quality and safety measurements, will also contribute to Europe’s interest in resource efficient crop cultivation, saving energy, countering the climate change and securing the supply of healthy and safe food. The interdisciplinary nature of EDEN ISS combines research in space engineering, horticulture, food science and microbiology. Leading space industries (Thales Alenia Space Italia, Airbus Defense and Space, Telespazio), research organizations (DLR, CNR, AWI), SMEs (Liquifer, Heliospectra, EnginSoft, Aero Sekur) and academia (Wageningen UR, University of Guelph, Limerick Institute of Technology) from six European countries (Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands) and Canada join forces in a unique consortium to prepare the ground for further innovative research and development in human spaceflight and terrestrial applications.
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Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Address

Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 437 488,50

Participants (13)

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LIQUIFER SYSTEMS GROUP GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 182 632,50

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 188 100

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 273 807,50

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 144 605

ENGINSOFT SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 188 750

AIRBUS DS GMBH

Germany

THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 503 913

ARESCOSMO S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 229 310

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 434 125

HELIOSPECTRA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 315 000

LIMERICK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 241 525

TELESPAZIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 248 112,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 636501

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 550 867,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 535 869

Coordinated by:

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany