The Space Crop Production Lab at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is a plant processing area - a web of ground research laboratories equipped with plant growth chambers of all sizes and the ability to simulate the International Space Station environment. That along with a team of researchers capable of applying the chemistry, biology, microbiology, and engineering needed to make plants grow in space, makes NASA a one of a kind hub for fulfilling space biology and growing crops in space.
NASA’s webinar will feature researcher Jacob Torres, who will discuss the latest food production research and technologies developed at NASA. These include a Passive Porous Plant Nutrient System that requires no electricity or moving parts, and a variety of micro-gravity simulation testing systems for plant growth. Also included will be some video clips of Jacob inside the lab exhibiting some of his technologies and ongoing research projects.
We will explain how NASA’s technologies and capabilities are available to industry and other organizations through NASA’s Technology Transfer Program. Also, we will introduce a potential opportunity through NASA’s Centennial Challenges program. Currently, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a challenge for plant and food production for long duration space exploration missions. Teams will compete to win prize money by developing and demonstrating novel technologies, systems or approaches that meet the goals of the challenge.