According to the researchers, they are adamant that the air present over the International Space Station (ISS) would get entirely fresh with passing time. A group of astronomers has developed a new device named Photobioreactor, which they already sent for testing. The device uses living algae to modify carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen or else even produce some edible food. It is no doubt that astronauts just cannot live on potatoes during their entire shipment period and a development like this always a plus point. The closed-loop systems known to refill the spacecraft with cargos or essentials like air or food has always been a vital part of the mission into deep space.
The bioreactor could successfully land on the ISS this week. The researchers hope that soon this new device will be cemented with other known closed-loop life support system that turns carbon dioxide to useable water and methane. During the processing, the left out carbon dioxide will be breathed in by the algae for their survival purpose. The future missions into the deep dark space will have loads of oxygen to breathe in using this viable source. Additionally, there will be protein-rich algae as well for the consumption purpose. Algae is hoped to form 30 % of the astronaut’s diet.
When the future life-support aspects are considered then this hybrid approach seems to pull us right at the forefront of success. According to German scientist Oliver Angerer, the use of such a system may seem functional at the primitive planetary base stations and also on longer space missions. However, until the foundation of the project is laid presently there is no chance the technology will be available in the future. Astronomers confirm that SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will be delivering drug-carrying nanoparticles, a microgravity platform and a variety of organs on a chip, and an algae-powered bioreactor to the International Space Station. The student-designed Genes in Space mission named Genes in Space-6 that can track yeast’s DNA breakdown path using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing while in space.