A data acquisition system for the NASA specialized center of research and training cuvette

Benjamin A Riggs, Purdue University

Abstract

This study explored the use of newer techniques to create a custom data acquisition system for horticultural purposes. Common horticultural lab equipment was used to measure environmental variables within a plant growth chamber, known as a cuvette. The cuvette was used to test various combinations of growing conditions and plant crops to gather data on the most feasible scheme for astronauts to remain in space in perpetuity. The lab equipment was networked to a common personal computer running custom software. The software developed is a multithreaded program making use of the Microsoft .Net framework. It periodically gathers and charts data from the horticulture lab equipment, saves the data to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, and disseminates the data via the Internet.^

Degree

M.S.

Advisors

Jeffrey Honchell, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Engineering, Computer|Engineering, Electronics and Electrical

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