NASA, Techshot and Tupperware Brands team up to improve plant growth aboard the International Space Station
“Tupperware products are designed to enrich lifestyles,” said Tupperware Brands Vice President of Research and Innovation David Kusuma. “It has been both exciting and an honor for us to leverage our existing smart technology features to enhance the creativity and foundation that Dr. Levine and NASA initiated with the PONDS project, while making a small contribution to advancing sustainable vegetation growth during space exploration.”
With nearly 30 years of experience developing equipment for human spaceflight, Techshot is assisting with requirements management, safety, verification and integration tasks. It also is providing Tupperware designers with access to subject matter experts in areas such as low-gravity fluidics.
“It’s been great working closely with the talented teams of engineers, designers and scientists at NASA and Tupperware on the PONDS project,” said Techshot Launch Operations Director Dave Reed. “Techshot is eager to help get this new technology approved for flight to the ISS and, perhaps, beyond.”
Up to six of the new units can be installed in Veggie at one time. Like the plant pillows they will replace, the PONDS devices are envisioned to be single use items, which will be discarded after the plants are grown and harvested on orbit. Initial units are expected to launch to the station in the third and fourth quarters of next year aboard two successive flights of commercial uncrewed SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft.