Task Precise Automated Nutrition
Last Published:  04/20/22 11:43:24 AM (Central)
Short Title: Precise Automated Nutrition
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
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Funding Status: Planned-Funded - Task expected to be within budget
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This task will investigate the potential to provide customized foods with precise amounts of nutrition on an as-needed basis as part of the spaceflight food system. A technology with this capability would be a countermeasure to nutritional degradation in food. In a case where nutritional degradation kinetics of nutrients in powder or liquid form were known, calculated amounts of these nutrients could be added to customized foods real time. This technology would ensure that appropriate amounts of nutrients were delivered to crewmembers throughout a mission, and would enable prescribed nutrient addition in crew-specific cases.

1. Determine method that would enable precise amounts of nutrients to be added to customized foods in transit.

2. Determine nutrient kinetics of nutrient additives.

3. Determine acceptability of foods with added nutrients.

4. Determine requirements to integrate system in spaceflight.

This task will contribute to gap closure by providing a method to customize nutrition and to ensure uniform delivery of nutrients to crew throughout long duration missions.