Browse Publications Technical Papers 2004-01-2432
2004-07-19

Renovation of Salad Machine for Profitable Agricultural Production 2004-01-2432

The efficiency and output of commercial agricultural as it exists today is greatly influenced by natural environmental conditions. Production under a controlled environment such as a Vegetable Factory concept may be considered to overcome these problems. The Modular Growing Component Salad Machine (MGCSM), which was built in 1992, has recently undergone major design changes. Use of red and blue LEDs are being considered to replace high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. This modification can reduce mass, weight and energy consumption. If this growing system can be manufactured at an affordable cost to be used for profitable agricultural production on Earth for growing flavorful, pesticide free, healthier vegetables with minimal labor requirements. This will expand the potential use of this machine for onsite production of fresh vegetables at storefronts and remote areas where fresh vegetable production is highly prohibitive due to environmental factors, such as on a submarine or ship or Antarctica. Furthermore, Gravity Independent Fluid System (GIFTS) can be integrated with this unit to support plant growth under any gravitational variance. This can make vegetable production possible in extraterrestrial transit vehicles with Air Revitalization and Water Purification capability.

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