BIOBACK

By | March 1, 2015
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esaThe 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.

 

LEITAT’s role in the project: LEITAT is responsible of the whole development of the project.

 

Reference number: ITT AO 1-8054/14/NL/Pa

 

Coordinator:  LEITAT Technological Center

 

Email LEITAT manager in charge: Gerard Musterni

 

Web: MELiSSA Homepage

 

Start date: 01/03/2015

 

Duration: 24 months

 

Partners

 

LEITAT Spain

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