Science Payload & Bio Products
We are dedicated to creating the next generation of bio-agricultural products through system and service solutions that increase plant productivity with dramatic operational cost savings. Our unique capabilities stem from 20 years of research in environmental control and life-support systems for NASA. Our systems are optimized for growth of plant-made pharmaceuticals, industrial products and high-yield crops through lighting, control systems, automation and growth services.
- Accelerated research and development of plant-made products
- Optimizing and validating growth and biomanufacturing environmental conditions
- Controlled manufacturing of protein modified plants with environmental variables tailored specifically for high yield
- Biosecure transgenic crop development
- Year-round local crops, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
LED Lighting Systems
Our systems represent the most advanced solid-state lighting systems currently available for biological research, plant growth, supplemental greenhouse and vehicle lighting. All systems offer modularity, with improved spectral flexibility, point source density and optical power delivery. With multiple “light engine” designs, lighting systems of virtually any size and required light output can be created.
The high-efficiency and low-energy consumption of LED lighting systems typically translate to a 60% reduction in energy costs. Other benefits of LED lighting over other existing systems (such as fluorescent and metal halide) include:
- Orders of magnitude less degradation of light quantity and quality with aging
- No ballasts, pressurized bulbs, mercury or other hazardous chemicals
- Lightweight, small size
- Lower radiant heat load
- Lower power consumption
- Longer life expectancy
- No required maintenance or light bulb changes
BioProduction Systems & BioProducts
We enable high-yield and high-quality production without environmental vulnerability or liability and provide a basis for future reductions in small- and large-scale manufacturing costs of plant-made products.
With unrivaled operating energy efficiency, biosecurity, and yield potential, our BioProduction Systems offer the invaluable combination of tailored facilities with environmental control expertise for faster, higher-yield production of plant biomass. We can also provide partnered support for biomass processing and extraction. Both large and small-scale production systems can be customized for individual bio-products, including:
- Solid-state lighting
- Temperature and humidity control
- Atmospheric composition control
- Automated process monitoring and data acquisition
- Growth production protocols
- Energy monitoring, control, and conservation
- Nutrient delivery and waste processing
- Biomass collection and separation
- Energy monitoring, control, and conservation
We are currently optimizing the efficiency and quality of protein production from plants as it develops spider silk structural fibers from plant-made proteins. While working with many plant species and multiple means of plant modification, specific environmental conditions are varied to improve biomass and protein yields.
In highly controlled agricultural manufacturing environments, we continue to improve and optimize protein production that drastically reduces the cost per gram of protein. These capabilities and processes apply to our structural fiber production, but also to next generation pharmaceutical proteins.
An example of our BioProduction System products is the vegetable production system (VEGGIE) developed for NASA. In 2015 VEGGIE enabled NASA astronauts to eat fully grown-in-space produce for the first time. The ability to grow plants in space is key in creating sustainable long-term missions and our work continues to push the boundaries of this technology.
Human Support Systems & Instrumentation
Our life-sustaining systems, technologies, subsystems and components build on more than 20 years of experience and spaceflight heritage with closed human environments for space travel. Many of our solutions have already been implemented and used in spaceflight, and we continually demonstrate the ability to reduce product costs through the use of commercially available components. We leverage our experience in flight system development, fluids in microgravity and life support development to maximize our customer’s return on investment.
Complete systems are available for air and water processing, environment and thermal management, waste management, environmental control, cabin instrumentation and science or payload systems. We also offer vacuum and space environment testing services, including specialized testing to determine component and system impacts resulting from exposure to lunar dust.
Our focus on reliability and safety has placed us in a position to capture opportunities from space agencies and the rapidly growing commercial space markets for:
- Suborbital flight
- Low-Earth orbit
- Long duration exploration
- International Space Station
- Lunar lander and surface operations
- Commercial Orbital Transportation Services
Many human support system products also have potential terrestrial applications in areas such as waste recycling and water treatment. They can also be applied to plant and animal science systems, ground-based air and water systems, naval submarine environments and plant-based controlled environments.
We offer commercial in-house testing capabilities to validate and verify operation of systems, subsystems and components. The test capabilities include vibration, acoustic, altitude and vacuum, thermal cycling, humidity cycling, performance, shock, lunar dust exposure and lifetime testing.
These combined capabilities provide us with the ability to conduct testing in a very time efficient manner and generate custom test scenarios when applicable. Other capabilities supporting testing include precision gas mixing capabilities and gas chromatography mass spectrometry.
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