JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Redwire Corporation (NYSE:RDW), a leader in space infrastructure for the next-generation space economy, today announced that it will develop the only spaceflight-qualified plant growth platform , commercially owned and operated, capable of growing plants from seed to maturity in space. Redwire Greenhouse, slated for launch into space no earlier than spring 2023, will be the first-ever commercial greenhouse installed on the International Space Station (ISS). Commercial agricultural technology company Dewey Scientific is expected to be Redwire’s customer for the inaugural flight. Redwire Greenhouse will provide valuable information to crop scientists on Earth and greatly expand humanity’s ability to grow complete crops in space.
“Redwire Greenhouse will expand opportunities for scientific discovery to improve agricultural production on Earth and enable critical research for agricultural production in space to benefit future long-duration human spaceflight,” said Dave Reed, chief operating officer of the Redwire Florida launch site and Greenhouse project manager. “Growing whole crops in space will be essential for future space exploration missions, as plants provide food, oxygen and water harvesting. Increasing the throughput of plant production research in space, through commercially developed capabilities, will be important in providing critical information for NASA’s Artemis missions and beyond.
The Redwire Greenhouse will provide a simple and scalable commercial solution for customers looking to advance crop science from benchtop laboratory facilities to true in-space production. In addition to supporting NASA’s long-term exploration plans, the Redwire Greenhouse will also provide unprecedented accessibility to institutional and commercial customers with diverse industrial and plant science research objectives. Its demonstration in space in 2023 will validate the facility’s operating concept and assess its capabilities for lighting, ventilation and leaf litter containment.
On the inaugural flight, Dewey Scientific will grow industrial hemp in the greenhouse for a gene expression study. The company collaborated with Redwire, providing technical details of the 60-day experiment and describing its potential to demonstrate the facility’s capabilities, while advancing biomedical and biofuels research.
“Building on our long history of partnering with commercial organizations like Tupperware, Eli Lilly and now Dewey Scientific, Redwire Greenhouse is another groundbreaking step in Redwire’s demonstrated leadership in establishing a viable commercial economy in Earth orbit. low. Through partnerships with Redwire, the space is open for business,” said John Vellinger, executive vice president of manufacturing and space operations at Redwire.
The Redwire greenhouse will leverage Redwire’s already flight-qualified plant growth technology, including Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS) devices developed in partnership with Tupperware Brands and currently operated by Redwire on the ISS. Larger, scalable versions of the greenhouse can be flown for customers with varying growing needs or alternative plant support systems. In addition to PONDS, Redwire has managed plant surveys in the NASA-owned Advanced Plant Habitat since 2018.
The Redwire greenhouse is being developed with an award from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, manager of the US National Laboratory on the ISS.
Redwire Corporation (NYSE:RDW) is a leader in space infrastructure for the next-generation space economy, with valuable intellectual property for solar power generation and 3D printing and manufacturing in space. With decades of flight experience combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to help customers solve the complex challenges of future space missions. For more information, visit www.redwirespace.com.