AstroPlant works with the European Space Agency on the fascinating and longterm mission to create small-scale artificial ecosystems for space. AstroPlant aims to engage makers, citizen scientists and explorers young and old to work with an open source research kit and do experiments. In the process you learn about technologies and science underpinning regenerative, circular and closed-loop life support systems. Not just for space, but for our beautiful planet as well.
AstroPlant is an open source project meaning that it is open to everyone, and is building for everyone. There are many ways of contributing to the project. You can buy one of the kits, tinker with it and collect valuable data, or you can help us improve our community platform. You can teach or learn biology, plant carrots or simply follow our news feed, and spread the word about our amazing community of Space Farmers.
Everyone can be a Space Farmer.
Back in 2017 AstroPlant really kicked off at the circular hotspot BlueCity in Rotterdam. More than 40 enthusiastic coders, biohackers, makers, creatives, and teachers came together to think about and create the first real community developed version of the AstroPlant kit. It also brought together the core team of people who have been working on the project for the past years.
The community platform is the place where you access your data and control your kits. It also is the dashboard that connects you to other AStroPlanters globally. We are building a community infrastructure centered around community projects and project ideas, so if you have one that deserves a place on the platform, please fill in this form and we'll put it on there when we launch. We already have projects on seed bombs, new kit designs, and of course MELiSSA's plant characterisation project.
All the ways you can become a Space Farmer. There’s no better time than now.
You can help develop AstroPlant open-source hardware and software.
Buy an Astroplant Kit, and start growing plants and collecting data to help space exploration move forward.
Grow with the community on Slack, exchange ideas and talk about AstroPlant.