Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies and Operation in Space

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42 months


March 2015 – September 2018



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Lorenzo Bucchieri

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The aim of EDEN ISS is to identify operation procedures for safe food production in space through adaptation, integration and demonstration of higher plant cultivation techniques.

Project Summary

The basic idea of EDEN ISS is to the develop an ISPR (International Standard Payload Rack)-like system for food production, integrating a controlled agricultural environment characterized by constraints which are analogue to those related to the use of the system in Space and test it on Earth.

EDEN ISS combines the disciplines of plant physiology, biochemistry and mathematical modeling with the design of key electrical and mechanical elements.


The development of an ISPR based higher plants cultivation system with a production area of 1 m2 is ambitious and challenging task. The real-time detection of microbiological contamination and the specific decontamination depending on the type and level on contamination supports the mid-term sustainability of the plants in the green house and represents a substantial step towards a reliable "food production" in orbit.

ES Role

Participant in the facility design CE-study | Responsible for thermal fluid dynamics and environmental simulations | Performer of detailed CFD simulations of the environmental control

Partners: DLR German Aerospace Center, Germany | LIQUIFER Systems Group, Austria | National Research Council, Italy | University of Guelph, Canada | Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany | Enginsoft S.p.A., Italy | Airbus Defence and Space, Germany | Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A., Italy | Arescosmo S.p.A., Italy |  Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands | Heliospectra AB, Sweden | Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland | Telespazio S.p.A., Italy | University of Florida, USA | Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Funding Scheme Horizon2020 | Call identifier H2020-COMPET-7-2014