hi you all, a related project that has been discussed in this forum a couple of times before, has developed a new version of their maker kit, which is based on a different stack and has some different goals than the PFC, but also many similarities. What AstroPlant does is not so much controlling for the environment, but placing a semi-controlled growth chamber in different locations (fablabs, schools, universities) and track the growth of plant and compare growth data with environmental data.
It’s a citizen science project with ESA - the European Space Agency, and we work with partners like Accenture and others. Compared to PFC, the AstroPlant kit is not 100% controlled, it’s (probably) easier to get started because we make and ship all the components, and it’s linked to a specific science project called MELiSSA. As said, there are some technical differences as well, but over time we hope to synchronise the way we collect and share data (we’re actively working towards that).
Here a short description/
Growing plants in extreme environments like Mars, the Moon, or on the South Pole? Impossible without reliable technologies to sustain a healthy environment for the plants and a good understanding of how to regulate that environment to make the plants grow over and over again. The AstroPlant network is an international network of citizen scientists, schools, and makers who contribute to the science of plant characterisation. AstroPlant and partners provide DIY kits to create plant labs, protocols and seeds to get started, and a scalable IoT backbone to manage and visualise plant growth data. It is a community initiative kickstarted by ESA and Border Sessions, and is supported by the MELiSSA consortium, Accenture Interactive, SURFsara, and other organisations.