Vegetable Production System (Veggie) - 08.24.16
The Vegetable Production System (Veggie) is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad-type crops to provide the crew with a palatable, nutritious, and safe source of fresh food and a tool to support relaxation and recreation. The Veggie provides lighting and nutrient delivery, but utilizes the cabin environment for temperature control and as a source of carbon dioxide to promote growth. Science Results for Everyone
Information Pending Facility Details
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL, United States
Orbital Technologies Corporation, Madison, WI, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)
ISS Expedition Duration
March 2013 - September 2013; March 2014 - March 2016; March 2016 - September 2016; March 2017 - September 2017
Biomass Production System (BPS), the precursor to Veggie, was utilized on ISS Expedtion 4.
- VEGGIE is deployed in an EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack.
- The pillows with seeds in them are installed on to a root mat, which is installed into the VEGGIE bellows.
- Power is applied and water is added to the root mat to begin seed germination. Water and growth height is maintained throughout the plant growth cycle until the vegetables are harvested and the growth cycle can be restarted.
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Information PendingResults Publications
Ground Based Results Publications
Zabel P, Bamsey M, Schubert D, Tajmar M. Review and analysis of over 40 years of space plant growth systems. Life Sciences in Space Research. 2016 August; 10: 1-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.lssr.2016.06.004.
Massa GD, Wheeler RM, Morrow RC, Levine HG. Growth chambers on the International Space Station for large plants. Acta Horticulturae 1134, East Lansing, Michigan; 2016 May 22 215-222. [Also Advanced Plant Habitat related.]
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