Deep Space Food Challenge – Canadian teams present food technology prototypes to jury

Media advisory

Longueuil, Quebec,  — Over the next few weeks, Canadian teams competing in Phase 2 of the Deep Space Food Challenge, a competition to develop new technologies to produce food for future space missions, will meet with members of the jury to present their prototypes.

The technologies developed and built by the semi-finalists could help feed astronauts travelling to the Moon and Mars while expanding food production in harsh environments on Earth. Up to four Canadian teams will move on to become Phase 3 finalists, where they will have 12 months to build and demonstrate a full-scale food production technology.

Media interested in doing interviews may contact the CSA’s Media Relations Office or the teams directly using the contact information below.

Semi-finalists of the Deep Space Food Challenge
Organization Project name Contacts

Canacompost Systems

Maple Ridge, British Columbia

The Outpost: Space Composting With Black Soldier Flies

Leonard Audibert

McGill University / McGill Advanced bio-Regenerative Toolkit for Long Excursion Trips (MARTLET)

Montreal, Quebec

Cricket Rearing, Collection, and Transformation System

Alexander Becker

Cynthia Hitti

McGill University / McGill Advanced bio-Regenerative Toolkit for Long Excursion Trips (MARTLET)

Montreal, Quebec

InSpira Photobioreactor

Ilias Hader

AlgaBloom International Ltd.

Richmond, British Columbia

A Programmable Microalgae Cultivation Platform for Sustainable Food Production in Space

Soheyl Mottahedeh

University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario

Hydrogel Photobioreactors for Cultivation of Food and Life Support

Valerie Ward

Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc.

North Vancouver, British Columbia

CANGrow Modular Indoor Food Production System

Gavin Schneider

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario

Canada – Growth Options for Outer Space Environments (GOOSE)

Mike Dixon

Theresa Rondeau Vuk

PeaPod Technologies Inc.

Port Hope, Ontario


Jayden Lefebvre

Noblegen Inc.

Peterborough, Ontario

SEuPS – Space Euglena Production System

Sott Farrow

Concordia University

Montreal, Quebec

AstroYeast Microfarm: Space-adapted Nutrient and Flavour Factory

Gabriel Aguiar-Tawil

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