Media Advisory – Deep Space Food Challenge – Canadian teams present food technology prototypes to jury

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LONGUEUIL, QC, Jan. 16, 2023 /CNW Telbec/ – Over the next few weeks, Canadian teams competing in Phase 2 of the Deep Space Food Challenge, a competition to develop new technologies to produce food for future space missions, will meet with members of the jury to present their prototypes.

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The technologies developed and built by the semi-finalists could help feed astronauts travelling to the Moon and Mars while expanding food production in harsh environments on Earth. Up to four Canadian teams will move on to become Phase 3 finalists, where they will have 12 months to build and demonstrate a full-scale food production technology.

Media interested in doing interviews may contact the CSA’s Media Relations Office or the teams directly using the contact information below.

Semi-finalists of the Deep Space Food Challenge


Project Name


Canacompost Systems


Maple Ridge, British Columbia

The Outpost: Space

Composting With

Black Soldier Flies

Leonard Audibert

[email protected]

McGill University / McGill

Advanced bio-

Regenerative Toolkit for

Long Excursion Trips



Montreal, Quebec


Cricket Rearing, Collection,

and Transformation


Alexander Becker

[email protected]


Cynthia Hitti

[email protected]

McGill University / McGill

Advanced bio-

Regenerative Toolkit for

Long Excursion Trips



Montreal, Quebec



Ilias Hader

[email protected]

AlgaBloom International



Richmond, British Columbia

A Programmable

Microalgae Cultivation

Platform for

Sustainable Food

Production in Space

Soheyl Mottahedeh

[email protected]

University of Waterloo


Waterloo, Ontario



Photobioreactors for

Cultivation of Food

and Life Support

Valerie Ward

[email protected]

Ecoation Innovative

Solutions Inc.


North Vancouver, British



CANGrow Modular

Indoor Food

Production System

Gavin Schneider

[email protected]

University of Guelph


Guelph, Ontario

Canada – Growth

Options for Outer

Space Environments


Mike Dixon

[email protected]


Theresa Rondeau Vuk 

[email protected]

PeaPod Technologies Inc.


Port Hope, Ontario


Jayden Lefebvre

[email protected]

Noblegen Inc.


Peterborough, Ontario

SEuPS – Space

Euglena Production


Sott Farrow

[email protected]

Concordia University


Montreal, Quebec

AstroYeast Microfarm:


Nutrient and Flavour


Gabriel Aguiar-Tawil

[email protected]


Useful links:

  • Deep Space Food Challenge | Impact Canada
  • Deep Space Food Challenge | Canadian Space Agency
  • Growing healthy food in space and in remote areas

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