" . . . Our focus is on providing future space explorers and people on Earth nutritious foods they will enjoy.
The Deep Space Food Challenge will identify food production technologies that can:
Help fill food gaps for a three-year round-trip mission with no resupply
Feed a crew of four (4) astronauts
Improve the accessibility of food on Earth, in particular, via production directly in urban centers and in remote and harsh environments
Achieve the greatest amount of food output with minimal inputs and minimal waste
Create a variety of palatable, nutritious, and safe foods that requires little processing time for crew members
This Challenge seeks to incentivize teams to develop novel technologies and/or systems for food production that need not meet the full nutritional requirements of future crews, but can contribute significantly to and be integrated into a comprehensive food system. . . "
"The Deep Space Food Challenge is a prize competition launched in parallel, in Canada by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and in the U.S. by the National Aeronautics and the Space Administration (NASA) Centennial Challenges Program. Interested Canadian Applicants are invited to apply through the Impact Canada website, and U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply through the U.S. website.
NASA and CSA will each organize and manage parallel challenges, with their own distinct rules, their own prizes and eligibility, but will synchronize some activities (e.g. webinars) and employ a shared challenge statement, shared goals and shared assessment criteria. CSA has no responsibility in NASA, and NASA has no responsibility in CSA.
The Deep Space Food Challenge follows a stage-gated approach. At each Phase, different financial and non-financial incentives may be available to successful participants. At every Phase, solutions will be reviewed against the assessment criteria, and selected winners will be invited to move to the following Phase."
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