• McGill Advanced bio-Regenerative Toolkit for Long Excursion Trips (MARTLET)

    We are proud to announce that McGill represents two out of the ten Canadian semi-finalists and is the only institution to have multiple teams moving forward to Phase 2 of the Deep Space Food Challenge (DSFC). MARTLET teams were chosen by competition jury members, including Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

    The goal of the Deep Space Food Challenge, launched in January 2021, is to create novel food production systems that maximize safe and nutritious outputs for long-duration space missions. The designed systems are not only aimed to feed astronauts in deep space, but also to support remote communities or individuals living in harsh environments on Earth.

    MARTLET consists of two teams: CRCTS (Cricket Rearing, Collection, & Transformation System) and InSpira Photobioreactor. Each of these teams pioneered a novel method of food production in Phase 1 of the challenge, lasting from January 2021 to July 2021. In Phase 2 of the challenge, from November 2021 to January 2023, the teams will be constructing a functional prototype of their proposed devices.