space greenhouse EDEN-ISS

Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies for Safe Food Production in Space

We helped the consortium to develop design of  structures of space greenhouse. 
EDEN ISS develops a Mobile Test Facility with integrated nutrient delivery system, high-performance LED lighting, bio-detection and decontamination system, imaging systems for monitoring plant health, and robust thermal, power and air management systems.

The facility was tested during the EDEN ISS analogue mission in Antarctica (February – November 2018), providing 270 kilos of fresh, edible produce for the crew at the Neumayer III Antarctic station, operated by the Alfred-Wegener-Institute. Today it continues to serve as an analogue environment for testing plant cultivation under extreme environmental and logistical conditions with extended operation until 2021.

Project Year

2015 – 2021

Team Members

German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Bremen – Germany, LIQUIFER Systems Group – Austria, National Research Council – Italy, University of Guelph – Canada, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research – Germany, Enginsoft – Italy, Airbus Defense and Space – Germany, Thales Alenia Space, Turin – Italy, Aero Sekur – Italy, Wageningen University and Research – the Netherlands, Heliospectra – Sweden, Limerick Institute of Technology – Ireland, Telespazio – Italy


Photos Interior: Bruno Stubenrauch, Photo Exterior: DLR, Renderings: LIQUIFER Systems Group