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Technology and Innovation for Development of Modular Equipment in Scalable Advanced Life Support Systems for Space Exploration

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Project "TIME SCALE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DRAGVOLL ALLE 38 B
postcode: 7491
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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙871˙209 €
 EC max contribution 3˙871˙209 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Enabling European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector)
 Code Call H2020-COMPET-2014
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-02-01   to  2018-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NTNU SAMFUNNSFORSKNING AS NO (TRONDHEIM) coordinator 774˙320.00
2    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) participant 620˙625.00
3    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 607˙080.00
5    Prototech AS NO (Bergen) participant 600˙229.00
6    CLEANGROW LTD IE (cork) participant 252˙438.00
7    INTERSCIENCE BELGIUM BE (LOUVAIN LA NEUVE) participant 152˙500.00
8    UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART DE (STUTTGART) participant 135˙579.00
9    INTERSCIENCE BV NL (BREDA) participant 127˙500.00


 Project objective

The TIME SCALE project will bring closed regenerative life support system (CRLSS) to the next level by further development of the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS). The EMCS has been successfully operated on the International Space Station (ISS) for 7 years with rotors allowing scientific research under Moon and Mars gravity exposures in addition to microgravity conditions. The EMCS modular design provides the possibility to replace the individual subsystems including the entire rotor system. The TIME SCALE project main objective is to develop an EMCS Advanced Life Support System Breadboard (EMCS ALSS BB) and demonstrate the operational capability for the ISS. The EMCS rotor baseplate will provide generic interfaces to several compartments of a CRLSS such as higher plants (crops), algae bioreactors and mouse. Scientific knowledge on whole higher plant (crop) physiology and fundamental processes under Moon and Mars gravity conditions are essential to ensure a safe and reliable food supply in future space exploration and integration of higher plants into a CRLSS. As part of the project an EMCS crop cultivation system will be developed and tested. The closed water and nutrient management research and development will include solution for challenges such as lack of thermal convection and the need of optimised technology (e.g. ion specific sensors) to monitor nutrients available for plants. Remote sensing diagnosis of plant health will be implemented using sensors and imaging techniques and Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS). Knowledge and technology on nutrient and water recycling and early warning for crop suboptimal growth conditions has significant terrestrial relevance for greenhouse systems. The TIME SCALE project bring together Universities and SMEs with the state of the art knowledge and experience needed to develop the EMCS ALSS BB for ISS and has the capacity to utilise the gained knowledge and concepts for terrestrial application.


List of deliverables.
Student competition report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:32
Final Dissemination report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:29
TIME SCALE scenario description Documents, reports 2019-03-06 09:18:36
Dissemination Plan Documents, reports 2019-02-27 14:51:46
Project webpage, templates, project flyer + other dissemination materials Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-02-27 14:51:46
Secure web based collaboration portal Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-06 09:18:47

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of TIME SCALE deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Gisela Detrell, Stefan Belz, Jens Bretschneider Institute of Space Systems – University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, D-70569 Germany Ann-Iren Kittang Jost and Øyvind Mejdell Jakobsen Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space – NTNU Social Research, Trondheim, Norway
Design of a test platform for algae cultivation research at different gravitation levels
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2018 T. Jerbi, A. Velez Ramirez and D. Van Der Straeten Laboratoryof FunctionalPlant Biology, GhentUniversity, Belgium
Robust Plant Segmentation from Challenging Background with a Multiband Acquisition and a Supervised Machine Learning Algorithm
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