ESA, WHO with ASI and CNES are seeking innovative keys to open up the current stressors to a healthy food provision for Space Exploration missions
Terrestrial environmental hazards, e. g. radiation, toxic pollutants and contaminants, impact many aspects of life that are inextricably linked to health and food. To address this, WHO has a key role to play advancing both mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate and environmental change, working in collaboration with ESA and other stakeholders.
Just like environments on Earth can be hazardous, the space environment also turns out to be dangerous for human beings in Space, e. g . astronauts, plants and animals. ESA is constantly performing activities including but not limited to: astronaut missions, ground-based experiments and technology demonstrations related to food concerns to assure sustainable survivability in Space. Hence the importance of checklists procedures, nutrition features, taste elements, preservation, packaging, food generation in Space, etc.
The "remove before flight" challenge aims to stimulate the global community of problem-solvers to come up with new ideas to overcome the barriers to taking charge of humankind’s spaceship towards other non-terrestrial orbits, planets or celestial bodies.
The objective is to foster commercially viable business applications related to health and food issues, e. g. light-weight, compact, tasty and nutritious, of Space exploration missions. The applications are expected to promote the availability of safe, healthy and wholesome food for everyone and raise awareness to improve food and nutrition security on Earth.
The target groups for this challenge are bright teams of students, start-uppers, and young professionals teaming up with large entities, e. g. corporations and research institutes with an established capacity to deliver the solution to market at global level, specifically towards disadvantaged areas on Earth.
The most relevant value of this prize is the partnership of ESA with WHO, CNES and ASI. The winner will get a multifaceted visibility within these four stakeholder networks to advance the implementation of the idea.
The winner will receive:
Applications are open: https://www.space-exploration-masters.com/