Bake In Space seeks to address the scientific and technical challenges relating to the production of fresh food in space in order to improve the wellbeing and comfort of humans travelling beyond Low Earth Orbit.

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OUR MISSION

In order to improve astronauts’ well being on long-duration missions such as on a Moon base or on a mission to Mars, food plays an essential key role. Besides a source for nutrition, fresh food evokes through all the senses of smell, touch and taste memories of general happiness and home.

Our initial goal is to conduct a series of technology demonstrations related to the production of fresh bread aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This entails recreating the value chain from growing grain to baking bread in micro-gravity. The experiment is split up into 5 phases, which will be realised on future astronaut missions to the ISS in order to advance our goal of food self-sustainability in space. Bake in Space will generate commercialisable spin-offs that will benefit us here on Earth.

Phase 1: Bake

Aug 2020

Demonstrate the baking of various crumb-free food items and bread samples through a space-ready oven.

Phase 2: Knead

Sep 2020

Demonstrate the kneading of flour with water to create raw dough in microgravity.

Phase 3: Grind

Jul 2021

Demonstrate the grinding of grain to flour in microgravity.

Phase 4: Harvest

Sep 2021

Demonstrate the harvesting and separation of plant and grain in microgravity.

Phase 5: Grow

Jul 2022

Demonstrate the growth of grain to create a regular supply of grain for three bread rolls.

Baking to Cooking

Jan 2023

Other food experiments related to cooking and baking in microgravity.

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TEAM MEMBERS

Our team comprises a mix of space and food scientists, engineers and science communicators with several years’ experience in the sector. We will work closely with notable industry partners from the food and other related sectors to develop and realise each of the project phases.

Sebastian D. Marcu

CEO/Founder

As CEO/Founder of Bake In Space, Sebastian Marcu enjoys the challenge of developing new, innovative space concepts. Inspired by the US “newspace” start-up scene, he is keen on bringing this movement to Europe.

Klaus-Dieter Relotius

Project Manager

Klaus-Dieter Relotius is a project management consultant who has over 31 years’ experience in spacecraft operations and development in the fields of human spaceflight.

Neil Jaschinski

Validation Test Engineer

A creative engineer, Neil Jaschinski has been working as a validation engineer and as a freelancer specialised in the construction and prototyping of space related hardware. He came up with the idea of baking bread in space.

Guido Morzuch

Electrical Engineer

Guido Morzuch served as Project manager for the Columbus ground segment definition and payload test facility, as well as Columbus Flight Director at the Columbus Conctrol Center (Col-CC) in Oberfaffenhofen.

Dr Gerhard Thiele

Retired Astronaut / Ambassador

A German physicists and former ESA astronaut, Dr Gerhard Thiele flew on STS-99 with Space Shuttle Endeavour on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).

Dr Matthias Böhme

Industrial Project Manager

With over 18 years experience in various project roles for ISS payloads and microgravity experiments at OHB System AG, Dr Matthias Boehme, works as a System Engineer on Human Spaceflight Utilisation and Operation. He holds a diploma and PhD in Experimental Physics.

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OUR PARTNERS

Our partners include DLR, who will ensure the transport and logistics of the payload to the International Space Station (ISS) and dedicated crew time with selected astronauts. WFB are supporting the initial financing to kick-start the project and to facilitate networking with the local Bremen industry. We are working closely with various space companies and institutions in Bremen to integrate, test and space qualify our hardware and food samples. TTZ Bremerhaven will provide the scientific support for customising the food production hardware and food products.

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CONTACT US

BAKE IN SPACE

contact@bakein.space

BITZ Bremer Innovations- und Technologiezentrum Fahrenheitstraße 1

28359 Bremen - Germany

+49(0)22116923207