Mars inflatable greenhouse analog.

Philip D. Sadler, Gene A. Giacomelli

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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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