The CELSS Antarctic Analog Project: A Validation of CELSS Methodologies at the South Pole Station 932245
The CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) is a joint NSF and NASA project tor 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. As a joint endeavor, 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 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 brief discussion of issues associated with power and energy use.
Citation: Bubenheim, D., Flynn, M., Straight, C., Bates, M. et al., "The CELSS Antarctic Analog Project: A Validation of CELSS Methodologies at the South Pole Station," SAE Technical Paper 932245, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/932245. Download Citation
David L. Bubenheim, Michael T. Flynn, Christian I. Straight, Maynard T. Bates, Warren Belisle, Greg Schlick
NASA Ames Research Center, The Bionetics Corp.
International Conference On Environmental Systems
SAE 1993 Transactions: Journal of Aerospace-V102-1