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Improvement in Space Food Packaging Methods

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Project Image   Improvement in Space Food Packaging Methods

The Space Food Systems Laboratory's (SFSL) current Bulk Overwrap Bag (BOB) package, while simple and effective, leaves room for improvement. Currently, BOBs are sized to fit in Cargo Transfer Bags (CTB). On orbit, however, the pantry setup utilizes several Collapsible US Food Containers (CUFC). In addition, the entirety of the menu must be overwrapped with an aluminum laminate package in order to meet the oxygen and water vapor permeability requirements of an 18 month shelf life requirement. The development of a Phase II BOB could alleviate several or all of these issues in a cost, mass, and volume sensitive manner by changing the size and shape of the BOB as well as potentially finding an alternative material with sufficient barrier properties to eliminate the secondary overwraps.

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