Spaceflight Plant Science Integration, Testing and Functional/Compatibility Verification
Plant growth chambers, whether designed for Earth or space applications, should provide the basic means for supporting healthy plant growth of almost any species. These chambers typically satisfy species- and age-specific light, atmosphere composition, water and nutrient requirements. Engineering solutions to satisfy these basic requirements in different plant chambers may vary widely, and each species or each experimental protocol may need individual testing and adaptation of the supporting hardware and science protocols. This paper will summarize the design trades, tests and evaluation experiments conducted to ensure proper hardware functionality and proper hardware / lifeware compatibility for the desired experimental protocols in space.