The European Space Agency has entrusted QinetiQ and CAPACITÉS to harvest algae in zero-gravity conditions

The European Space Agency has entrusted QinetiQ and CAPACITÉS to harvest algae in zero-gravity conditions
09/02/2021

The European Space Agency (ESA) has entrusted QinetiQ and CAPACITÉS to harvest algae in zero-gravity conditions. Representatives from ESA, QinetiQ and CAPACITÉS will be pleased to answer your questions on this project during a press conference by videoconference the 9th of February, 4 to 5 pm. 

  • Christophe Lasseur, MELiSSA Project Manager, ESA
  • Dries Demey, Senior Systems Engineer, QinetiQ Space
  • Lucie Van Haver, Engineer specialising in microalgae, CAPACITÉS
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As part of the MELiSSA project (Micro-Ecological Life Support Alternative), the ESA has entrusted QinetiQ and CAPACITÉS, to demonstrate the efficacy of a process for cultivating and harvesting spirulina in zero-gravity conditions. This microalgae has the ability to recycle space-station waste by feeding on carbon and nitrogen, to produce food with high nutritional potential. ESA's long-term ambition is to create an autonomous space station.

Click here for the press release

If you have any question about the press conference, please contact Audrey Le Morillon : audrey.lemorillon@capacites.fr 
(+33) 6 36 13 36 56

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