Gamechanger

Space can help combat Clime Change

With Earth facing ever more challenges in finding sustainable ways to agriculture and food production, the microgravity environment can help develop more resistant crops, improve plant cultivation mechanisms and methodologies in vertical farming.

Key Discoveries in Plant Science

The microgravity environment makes it possible to study both gravitropism and phototropism, delivering unique insights to plant biology and giving way to discoveries that have the potential to change the agriculture and food industry.

Gravitropism

The impact of gravity on the development of roots and shoots.

Phototropism

The impact of light on the development of roots and shoots.

Your Innovation Space

Cultivation

 
  • Disease resistance
  • Stress resistance
  • Genomics
  • Vertical farming

Plant Growth

 
  • Root structure
  • Shoot Structure
  • Germination
  • Weight stress response

Plant Biology

 
  • Carbon and nitrogen use
  • Photosynthesis
  • Plant hormones
  • Plant-microbe interactions
Success Case

SustainSpaceThe Orbital Genomics Project

SustainSpace uses the relatively frequent flights of the SNC Dream Chaser and its controlled landing to grow several successive generations of plants in a space environment and produce a rapid evolutionary and selection process. This is an iterative process for rapidly evolving and improving populations of plants in the space environment. The primary targets are users of life support systems in space, but also research institutions, the agriculture industry and STEM education. SustainSpace uses flight-rated, automated plant growth chambers, such as those already developed for NASA or their own.

• Crops better suited to space life support: Faster growing, improved microgravity adaptation, better CO2 and waste usage
• Improved characteristics for future plants grown on Earth in extreme or special conditions
• Higher CO2-absorbing plants to reduce climate change

Gene Discovery

Changed behaviour of plants in space can lead to the discovery of new, exotic, valuable genes.

Industry Accelerator

Agriculture & Food

Root growth plants agriculture

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