Space agriculture moves forward with support from organizations in the public sector, as well as the private sector. We acknowledge the businesses that support astrobotany research. Some companies contribute financially. Some companies build novel tools. All are helping move forward our planet. Let’s grow plants in space.
Elon Musk’s revolutionary company SpaceX has changed Earth’s rocket programs forever. The Falcon Heavy/Dragon Capsule brings materials to the International Space Station via commercial resupplies. SpaceX’s vision of a mars journey spurs and renews research into biological space sciences. It’s even rumored that Musk started the company with a specific goal in mind… he wanted to grow plants on Mars.
ORBITEC (Sierra Nevada)
ORBITEC is a Madison, WI based subsidiary of the Sierra Nevada Corporation. They have developed and continue to develop state-of-the-art biological systems for the International Space Station. Their most famous product is most likely the VEGGIE plant growth system used to produce crops onboard the ISS.
This privately funded rocket company is pushing ahead in the area of space tourism under the management of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Richard Branson leads this private spaceflight company that is a branch of the Virgin Group.
SpacePharma develops miniaturized automated laboratory platforms for experiments in microgravity. SpacePharma Inc. is a subsidiary of Spacepharma.
The Target Corporation has supported the CASIS led ISS Cotton Sustainability Challenge. By performing technical cotton research on the International Space Station, Target hopes to retrieve important genetic data that will help make cotton farming more sustainable on earth.
Tupperware assisted in the development of the Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS). This equipment helps astronauts deliver water more effectively to plants on the International Space Station.
Budweiser sent 20 barley seeds up to the International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-13.