Developing greenhouse systems is of great importance and requires Bio-regenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS) to ensure that the lives of crew members are sustained. Two new prototypes of a nutrient mixing system for future Moon and Mars greenhouse modules have now been completed and installed following a successful design and development phase between Priva and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) that lasted over a year. Tests of the promising systems are commencing at DLR's EDEN laboratory in Bremen. The aim is to build a 1:1 demonstrator of a lunar greenhouse system by 2025.
"The modular design of the prototypes will make it possible to adapt the system flexibly to changing needs in the future. Even today, findings from space research can be used for the food production of the future in climatically unfavourable areas such as deserts and arctic regions," explains Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board.