Feeds

Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

We all know it'll really be 'Press Control-P for pizza'

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

A small company in Austin, Texas, has received a $US125,000 grant from NASA to develop 3D printed food for astronauts.

The challenges are multifold – not least among them producing something palatable out of a printer – but the idea is that with enough development, NASA might be able to come up with something that beats the current rations sent to places like the International Space Station.

Systems & Materials Research Coroporation in Austin Texas has already beaten an easy problem – printing chocolate on a biscuit – but its plan under the NASA grant is more ambitious: a fully-fledged nosh synthesiser, perhaps like the food'n'drink replicators used by Star Trek's Captain Picard and his crew.

The prototype will use a combination of 3D printing and inkjet printing. The inkjet will handle “micronutrients, flavour and smell” while 3D printing will be used for macronutrients (the starch that forms the base of the pizza, along with protein and fat).

Why bother? – because if it worked and didn't send astronauts out of the airlock rather than eat the printed pizza, a working setup would mean that a handful of generic ingredients could be carried on manned spacecraft, rather than completed meals.

SMRC is working with the food science program at North Carolina State University and International Flavors and Fragrances on the project. The proposal's abstract is here. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.