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Long-term space exploration requires an affordable and continuous provision of food and nutrients that need to be palatable so as not to upset the psycho-physical balance of the crewmembers. Moreover, a proper diet composed of fresh food enriched with key nutrients such as minerals and vitamins can minimize the detrimental effects due to microgravity in terms of bones weakening; in addition, the absence of direct incident light from the sun due to a safety shielding from cosmic rays can cause a significant reduction of vitamin D production in the skin. Smart greenhouses based on aeroponics or hydroponics technologies can represent a valuable solution to genuine food supply. Nevertheless, these structures require an affordable monitoring system able to detect key parameters such as nutrients concentration in the mist, gaseous products/pollutants together with relative humidity and temperature. Flexible, light …
Publication date: 
22 Jun 2020

Luca Maiolo, Francesco Maita, Ivano Lucarini, Annalisa Convertino, Davide Polese

Biblio References: 
Pages: 505-509
2020 IEEE 7th International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace)