Mars inflatable greenhouse analog.

Philip D. Sadler, Gene A Giacomelli

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Abstract

Light intensities on the Martian surface can possibly support a bioregenerative life support system (BLSS) utilizing natural sunlight for hydroponic crop production, if a suitable controlled environment can be provided. Inflatable clear membrane structures offer low mass, are more easily transported than a rigid structure, and are good candidates for providing a suitable controlled environment for crop production. Cable culture is one hydroponic growing system that can take advantage of the beneficial attributes of the inflatable structure. An analog of a Mars inflatable greenhouse can provide researchers data on issues such as crew time requirements for operation, productivity for BLSS, human factors, and much more at a reasonable cost. This is a description of one such design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalLife support & biosphere science : international journal of earth space
Volume8
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Life Support Systems
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Sunlight
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Costs and Cost Analysis
Membranes
Crop Production

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Mars inflatable greenhouse analog. / Sadler, Philip D.; Giacomelli, Gene A.

In: Life support & biosphere science : international journal of earth space, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2002, p. 115-123.

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