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Challenge NASA Challenge: Improved Barrier Layers ... Keeping Food Fresh in Space
NASA Challenge: Improved Barrier Layers ... Keeping Food Fresh in Space
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 174
Posted: Dec 18 2009
Challenge ID: 9050426
 
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Abstract
As we go deeper into space and spend more time on the International Space Station (ISS), missions become longer, requiring packaged food to be stored for longer periods of time with even greater restrictions on size, weight and waste disposal. New food packaging technologies are needed that have adequate oxygen and water barrier properties to maintain the foods' quality over a 3 - 5 year shelf life. The new packaging must have improved barrier properties, remain lightweight and be compatible to sterilization processes and proper disposal.
Overview
As we go deeper into space and spend more time on the International Space Station (ISS), missions become longer, requiring food to be stored for longer periods of time with even greater restrictions on size, weight and waste disposal. New food packaging technologies are needed that have adequate oxygen and water barrier properties to maintain the foods' quality over a 3 year shelf life. The new packaging must have improved barrier properties, remain lightweight and be compatible to sterilization processes and proper disposal.

This is a Theoretical Challenge which requires a written proposal only. The Solver will propose a packaging barrier system that meets the requirements and justify it with arguments and relevant references. Evidence that the proposed system will work (from previous applications, existing data, literature, etc.) will be very important. The proposal will be evaluated on a theoretical basis considering the current state of the art knowledge.
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