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Event ID:  36564
Contact Name:  Francesc Gòdia Casablancas
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Contact Phone:  +34 935814790
Organization:  Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
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Dates:  8th October 2020 to 8th October 2020
Physical Event:  No
Type:  Public
Start/End Type:  Both Starts and Ends During WSW
Country:  Spain
State/Province:  Catalonia
City:  Barcelona
Address:  Campus de la UAB, Plaça Cívica, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona
Location:  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Event Name:  A virtual visit to the MELiSSA Pilot Plant
Event Description:  "A virtual visit to the MELiSSA Pilot Plant: an experimental facility from ESA and UAB for the development of technologies enabling long term manned missions in Space." Date: 8 October; Time: 12pm (CEST); Duration: 1,5 hours; On-line:; The MELISSA Pilot Plant is a unique facility in Europe for demonstration of Closed Loop Life Support Systems, paving the way to human autonomy during long durations space missions. MELiSSA is an artificial ecosystem for food, water and oxygen recovery from wastes, carbon dioxide and minerals. The MELiSSA Pilot Plant at UAB will integrate and demonstrate the associated technologies with a "crew" of rats. This demonstration will be performed over a period of more than two years, which is considered a representative duration for human missions in space. The virtual visit will present the concept of MELiSSA, the MELiSSA Pilot Plant and a virtual tour to the facility describing the different compartments. It can be followed at 12pm, 8 October, at the following link: MELiSSA is the acronym for Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative, an innovative Project of the European Space Agency that was initiated as part of a research programme on life support Technologies, in order to facilitate long duration manned space missions. Indeed, this project celebrated 30 years in 2019. These types of missions can not be performed without regenerative life support systems like MELiSSA and other ESA life support technologies that will drastically reduce the amount of logistics needed to support the crew (without recycling, 30T for a 1000 days Mars mission). For this, a closed ecological system is proposed, with the generation of edible material from higher plants and microalgae, revitalization of atmosphere for respiration, recovery of water, and recycling of the wastes generated by the crew and plant growth. Since 1995, the MELiSSA Pilot Plant facility has been developed to provide a world class research facility and is today designed to achieve the preliminary terrestrial integration and demonstration of the MELiSSA concept at pilot scale, using animals as a model for the crew compartment, through a progressive integrated testing and validation.
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