Tuesday, February 09, 2010

LEO Space Farm

From the archives I discover a paper "Low Earth Orbit Space Farm" (1986) written with Nils Bruun and Randolph Liebelt and presented at AIAA conference in USA and IAF conference in UK.

ABSTRACT
The paper proposes a modular low earth orbit space farm which combines the current CELSS technology with a single launch, artificial gravity space vehicle to provide fresh produce to a nearby space station crew in a balanced exchange for their biodegradable waste and carbon dioxide. While growing a substantial amount of produce, the space farm will also be developing the plant propagation technology for transfer to future lunar colonies and to accompany long range space missions, ie. interplanetary exploration. The components of the space farm will be launched by conventional booster, then manned, assembled and operated by a crew of two. Since the space farm is habitable during all stages of development, the shuttle rendezvous will be brief. Adding modules will facilitate increasing crop yields.

The complete paper: LEO-Space-Farm.pdf

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