Baking Where Nobody Has Baked Before

Bake In Space logo.

In a new and ambitious project, we are excited to have launched ‘Bake In Space’, which seeks to address the scientific and technical challenges relating to the production of fresh bread in space. Design & Data has formed a subsidiary company under the same name.

The new company’s office is located in Bremen at the Bremer Innovations- und Technologiezentrum (BITZ), which will serve as an important foundation from which to build on our vision of producing fresh bread in space. We are working to produce a bread machine that will be capable of baking bread rolls and a dough mixture that will be suitable for the space environment.

From Bremen Bake In Space will work closely with its partners: DLR who will ensure the transport and logistics of the payload to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as industry partners OHB System AG who will build the bread oven. WFB (Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH) are supporting the initial financing to kick-start the project. We will work together with researchers, engineers and students at ZARM who will test the hardware.

In order to improve astronauts’ well being on long-duration missions such as on a Moon base or on Mars, food plays an essential key role. Besides a source for nutrition, the smell of fresh bread evokes memories of general happiness and is an important psychological factor. It is a symbol of recreational time and procedure down on Earth.

The project has been deemed useful and of interest to DLR in terms of scientific exploration and is on the list of experiments for Alexander Gerst’s upcoming mission in 2018.

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