Performance Evaluation of the Commercial Plant Biotechnology Facility 981666
The demand for highly flexible manipulation of plant growth generations, modification of specific plant processes, and genetically engineered crop varieties in a controlled environment has led to the development of a Commercial Plant Biotechnology Facility (CPBF). The CPBF is a quad-middeck locker playload to be mounted in the EXPRESS Rack that will be installed in the International Space Station (ISS). The CPBF integrates proven ASTROCULTURE” technologies, state-of-the-art control software, and fault tolerance and recovery technologies together to increase overall system efficiency, reliability, robustness, flexibility, and user friendliness. The CPBF provides a large plant growing volume for the support of commercial plant biotechnology studies and/or applications for long time plant research in a reduced gravity environment. The CPBF consists of six major subsystems: temperature control; humidity control; lighting control; water/nutrient delivery; the atmospheric control, and information (data, command, and video) management. This paper presents the performance evaluation of the temperature, humidity, and lighting subsystems. Evaluations of other subsystems are being conducted.