SpaceX has announced a partnership with Israel’s Aleph Farms on a mission to grow artificial meat on the ISS. The 10-day experiment, which is being carried out with the participation of an American company, is designed to help participants in future space expeditions solve the problem of food supply away from their home planet.
Aleph Farms has been experimenting with artificial substitutes for various animal products for years. The authors of the project consider the creation of artificial meat in zero gravity using a microfluidic device as one of the promising directions.
According to the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, the successful conduct of the experiment will open up new prospects for deep space travel. Farmed beef will make astronauts more self-sufficient and less dependent on the Earth than ever.
The crew of the ten-day expedition to the ISS, which started on April 6, 2022, included former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegre, businessmen Larry Connor and Mark Paty, and Israeli philanthropist and former fighter pilot Eitan Stibbe, responsible for connecting the laboratory to the ISS systems.
Upon completion of the mission, its participants will hand over the device to Aleph Farms researchers for further study of the process of “printing” artificial meat in space conditions. The company plans to create a closed system capable of uninterrupted food supply for astronauts.