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Schubert D.,German Aerospace Center | Quantius D.,German Aerospace Center | Hauslage J.,German Aerospace Center | Hauslage J.,Biomedical Science Support Center | And 4 more authors.
41st International Conference on Environmental Systems 2011, ICES 2011 | Year: 2011

This paper provides an overview about the new research initiative at the DLR Institute of Space Systems, Bremen (Germany). The research group investigates different solutions for adapting Controlled Environmental Agriculture technologies towards a space-borne greenhouse system design. A greenhouse module (as a subsystem of the habitat's life support system) not only produces higher plants for a continuous food supply for the crew, but can also fulfill other functions such as grey water purification, oxygen production, various waste management tasks and even provides beneficial psychological health effects for the crew. A system analysis investigates all functions and subsystems needed for the plant life cycle under the paradigm of mass production principles for a variety of different plant categories. © 2011 by German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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