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Biodegradable Material for Containment of Wastes and Metabolic Resources, in the framework of the MELiSSA project

ABSTRACT

The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded LEITAT a contract to develop Biodegradable Material for Containment of Wastes and Metabolic Resources, in the framework of the MELiSSA project.

MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) has been conceived as a micro-organisms and higher plants based ecosystem intended as a tool to gain understanding of the behaviour of artificial ecosystems, and for the development of the technology for a future regenerative life support system for long term manned space missions, e.g. a lunar base or a mission to Mars.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To establish preliminary requirements for biodegradable packaging materials for both metabolic waste and food containment;
  • To review, study and select biodegradable materials, usable for both metabolic waste and food containment;
  • To asses biodegradability of selected materials, identify biodegradation products and assess their toxicity towards processes used within MELiSSA;
  • To conclude on the best suited materials for both metabolic waste and food containment.

Financial Framework: MELiSSA

Contract number: 4000113404/14/NL/PA

Start Date: 01/03/2015

End Date: 01/11/2017

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Contact Manager: G. Musterni