NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
Food production and gas exchange system using blue-green alga (spirulina) for CELSSIn order to reduce the cultivation area required for the growth of higher plants in space adoption of algae, which have a higher photosynthetic ability, seems very suitable for obtaining oxygen and food as a useful source of high quality protein. The preliminary cultivation experiment for determining optimum cultivation conditions and for obtaining the critical design parameters of the cultivator itself was conducted. Spirulina was cultivated in the 6 liter medium containing a sodium hydrogen carbonate solution and a cultivation temperature controlled using a thermostat. Generated oxygen gas was separated using a polypropyrene porous hollow fiber membrane module. Through this experiment, oxygen gas (at a concentration of more than 46 percent) at a rate of 100 to approx. 150 ml per minute could be obtained.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Oguchi, Mitsuo
(National Aerospace Lab. Tokyo, Japan)
Otsubo, Koji
(National Aerospace Lab. Tokyo, Japan)
Nitta, Keiji
(National Aerospace Lab. Tokyo, Japan)
Hatayama, Shigeki
(National Aerospace Lab. Tokyo, Japan)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Ames Research Center, Controlled Ecological Life Support System: Regenerative Life Support Systems in Space
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
No Preview Available