On-Orbit and Ground Performance of the PGBA Plant Growth Facility

Paper #:
  • 972366

Published:
  • 1997-07-01
Citation:
Hoehn, A., Chamberlain, D., Clawson, J., Forsyth, S. et al., "On-Orbit and Ground Performance of the PGBA Plant Growth Facility," SAE Technical Paper 972366, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/972366.
Pages:
10
Abstract:
PGBA, a plant growth facility developed for commercial space biotechnology research, successfully grew a total of 50 plants (6 species) during 10 days aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-77), and has reflown aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-83 for 4 days and STS-94 for 16 days) with 55 plants and 10 species. The PGBA life support system provides atmospheric, thermal, and humidity control as well as lighting and nutrient supply in a 33 liter microgravity plant growth chamber. The atmosphere treatment system removes ethylene and other hydrocarbons, actively controls CO2 replenishment, and provides passive O2 control. Temperature and humidity are actively controlled.
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