Gap FN-103: Identify fresh-grown food as an alternate source for nutrients known to degrade in spaceflight food
Last Published:  07/30/21 01:05:31 PM (Central)
Responsible Element: Human Health Countermeasures (HHC)
Status: Open
Description
Present State of Knowledge:
 
Several types of produce have been successfully grown and consumed on the ISS during technology demonstrations, indicating the potential of supplemental fresh-grown food. However, more work is required to determine the extent that this system will be able to be successfully integrated as a nutritional component into a food system, such as identifying the best crops for spaceflight (based on their growth, nutrition, acceptability, safety, reliability, yield, resource requirements, etc.), the resource requirements, the hardware infrastructure (may change with gravity and mission profile), and and shelf life requirements of fresh-grown components (e.g. seeds).

Research Approach:

Identification of optimal crops to grow (may include GMOs), optimal hardware to use, optimal environmental conditions (light, water, growth media, atmosphere/CO2), risk and of benefits of different systems
Target for Closure
An optimized plan for plants/hardware/environmental conditions that will provide a fresh source of those nutrients that degrade in spaceflight foods.
Mappings
Risk Risk of Performance Decrement and Crew Illness Due to Inadequate Food and Nutrition
You are here! Gap FN-103: Identify fresh-grown food as an alternate source for nutrients known to degrade in spaceflight food
Active
Planned-Funded

Multi-Disciplinary Research Plans

Documentation:
No Documentation Available