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CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP): A New Paradigm for Polar Life Support and CELSS ResearchThe CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) is a joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project for the development, deployment and operation of CELSS technologies at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. CAAP is implemented through the joint NSF/NASA Antarctic Space Analog Program (ASAP), initiated to support the pursuit of future NASA missions and to promote the transfer of space technologies to the NSF. Under a Memorandum of Agreement, the CAAP represents an example of a working dual agency cooperative project. NASA goals are operational testing of CELSS technologies and the conduct of scientific study to facilitate . technology selection, system design and methods development, including human dynamics as required for the operation of a CELSS. Although not fully closed, food production, water purification, and waste recycle and reduction provided by CAAP will improve the quality of life for the South Pole inhabitants, reduce logistics dependence, and minimize environmental impacts associated with human presence on the polar plateau. The CAAP facility will be highly integrated with the new South Pole Station infrastructure and will be composed of a deployed hardware facility and a research activity. This paper will include a description of CAAP and its functionality, conceptual designs, component selection and sizing for the crop growth chamber, crop production expectations, and a brief report on an initial on-site visit. This paper will also provide a discussion of issues associated with power and energy use and the applicability of CAAP to direct technology transfer to society in general and remote communities in particular.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bubenheim, David L. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Straight, Christian (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Flynn, Michael (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Bates, Maynard (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Harper, Lynn D.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Meeting Information
30th COSPAR Scientific Assembly(Hamburg)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-61-12
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.