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Inflatable Aeroponic SystemAeroponics Internationals (AI) innovation is a self-contained, self-supporting, flexible low mass aeroponic crop production unit with integral environmental systems for the control and delivery of a nutrient mist to the roots. This FLEX Aeroponic System model was developed for commercialization as a result of the NASA SBIR Phase I contract for the research and development of a low-mass, Inflatable Aeroponic System (IAS) for producing pesticide-free lettuces, grains, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables. The innovation addresses the needs of water and nutrient delivery systems technologies for food production in space. The inflatable nature of the innovation makes it lightweight, allowing it to be deflated so it takes up less volume during transportation and storage. It improves upon AI's current aeroponic system design that uses more rigid structures and takes advantage of vertical inclines to increase bio-mass production by over 600%.
Document ID
20120003309
Document Type
Other
Authors
Pelt, Jennifer Van (ASRC Aerospace Corp. Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
August 3, 2005
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
KSC-2005-138
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS10-98030
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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