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Growing Food for Space and Earth: NASA's Contributions to Vertical AgricultureBeginning in the 1980s with NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Program and later the 1990s and early 2000s with the Advanced Life Support Project, NASA conducted extensive testing with crops in controlled environment conditions. One series of tests conducted at Kennedy Space Center used a large chamber with vertically stacked shelves to support hydroponic growing trays, with a bank of electric lamps above each shelf. This is essentially the same approach that has become popular for use in so-called vertical agriculture systems, which attempts to optimize plant production in a fixed volume. Some of the findings and commonalities of NASA's work during this period and how it overlaps with current interests in vertical agriculture will be presented in the talk.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Wheeler, Raymond M.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2015
Publication Date
August 4, 2015
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Life Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2015 ASHS Annual Conference
Location: New Orleans, LA
Country: United States
Start Date: August 4, 2015
End Date: August 7, 2015
Sponsors: American Society for Horticultural Science
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 453797.04.06.05
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Controlled Environment Agriculture
Bioregenerative Life Support
Advanced Life Support Project
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