As we look towards the stars as a potential new frontier for human life, there are countless innovations to sustain life from these explorations. One of the most critical is the production of food. This is where new solutions for indoor farming is gaining momentum. According to NASA, the United Nations predicts Earth will have to feed another 2.3 billion people by 2050, mostly concentrated in urban centers far from farmland. NASA has been working for decades to tackle food production both on Earth and in space.
Any transformation requires designing and testing of these systems to be viable in sustainability. Vertical farming is where industries intersect through R&D. Education, space, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors are working together to solve for food scarcity and production challenges. Interface force measurement solutions are at the center of these innovations.