Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS)


PONDS was developed for flight in NASA’s Vegetable Production System (Veggie) facility by Redwire, with collaboration from Tupperware Brands. It can grow a wide variety of plants in space, and requires far less monitoring and maintenance time from flight crews than other plant growth devices.

Up to six of the new units can be installed in Veggie at one time. Like the plant pillows they will replace, the PONDS devices are envisioned to be single use items, which will be discarded after the plants are grown and harvested on orbit.

  • Holds 400 ml of water
  • Reduces need for crew interaction
  • Disposable
  • Completely passive, requires no electricity to operate
  • Great for on orbit crop research and production
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, hemp, etc.
  • Operates inside the NASA Veggie greenhouse or the Redwire Greenhouse (coming soon)

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