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UH students test award-winning growing system at NASA habitat

June 2, 2019

Students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducted a successful test of their automated hydroponic growing system called Box Farm at the NASA habitat located at the University of North Dakota.

This Box Farm was tested at the NASA-funded Inflatable Lunar-Mars Habitat at UND.

One of the five modules in the habitat contains a lab for conducting experiments on growing plants to supplement the diet of space explorers.

The team had four senior UH Manoa mechanical engineering students: Gabor Paczolay, Preston Tran, James Thesken and Sean Agpaoa........

UH students create a 'box farm' that is out of this world

June 2, 2019

In the vast reaches of space , the answer to farming for sustenance from above the Earth's surface could be closer than we think.  It's not a new concept , but students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa may be on the verge of a breakthrough, designing and developing an automated hydroponic system built for space.  Four senior mechanical engineering students at UH Manoa took their prototype model known as 'Box Farm' to a NASA-funded Habitat at the University of North D...

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Aloha, North Dakota

May 28, 2019

Future Mars and moon colonists probably won’t miss having fresh leafy green salads with their meals, thanks to a novel collaboration between the University of North Dakota and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Four senior mechanical engineering students from UH spent a week in Grand Forks, N.D., this month testing their automated Box Farm in the NASA-funded Inflatable Lunar/Mars Habitat (ILMH). The facility is operated by the UND Department of Space Studies in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. The UH team’s objective is to automate the process of growing and harvesting crops to supplement the diets of crews on missions to Mars and the moon.

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Stargazer May 20 - 26, 2019: Local Hydroponics Project Geared For Space

May 20, 2019

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For Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips talk about a local hydroponics project that may one day be used in outer space.

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University of Hawaii space plants project could be astronaut game changer

May 12, 2019

HONOLULU (KHON2) - University of Hawaii at Manoa students designed a hydroponic growing system called Box Farm. 

They envision that it may be an important tool for space travel someday.

The Box Farm is about to be tested at the NASA-funded Inflatable Lunar-Mars Habitat at the University of North Dakota from May 16 to 24. 

To cut down on the time researchers spend tending to plants in space, habitat administrators say participants have been spending an average of more than two hours a day caring for plants............

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