Daily Weblog 1/18/2018

So we went over the almost apocalypse that occurred on Saturday. For hydroponics, I organed the buckets and set up the lanai so as soon as the plants get here I will be ready. I hope to have everything done by Wednesday. A sad day for AMNES as we have decided to stop work on the project. Given that we started late we believe that the work we could produce in time for the deadline would not be satisfactory and as such we have set aside that project.

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Weekly Weblog 1/13/2018

The first week of ISR done. Only seven more until spring break, this week focused o the setup of the drip systems. I drilled the holes into the new buckets to fit the baskets into. Also finished up with AMnes delegating the last few tasks that need to be completed. For next week I hope to have seedlings ready at the lab and in some sort of growth medium and ready to be transplanted at a moments notice.

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Daily Weblog 1/11/2018

Skipped Hydroponics today and worked on AMNEs. Deadlines fast approaching and we decided that January 31 would be the ay we finalise our paper. We also decided that all the general part of the paper would be divided evenly to each participant. My job is the Mission statement which describes the purpose and vision of our design. Next class, I hope to plant the new seedlings into the drip systems and pick some tomatoes.

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Daily Weblog 1/10/2018


And here we have the beginning of the first iteration of drip hydroponics at HPA. ISR was spent today drilling holes in these buckets so that baskets can fit within them. Next class I will have the seedlings ready to be transplanted and the all that is left will be to set up the pumps.

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Daily Weblog 01/09/2018

Back at ISR. The first class of the new year, started things up with a bit of discussion and review. All the necessary supplies for the drip systems are present and rearing to go. These shiny new white buckets will definitely look fantastic when on display. The seedlings are currently at Dr Bill's house being lovingly cared for while they await the construction of their new homes. Finally a bit of surprise with the flood and drain as we now have some very large Franken tomatoes growing.

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Weekly Weblog 12/09/2017

Final weekly for the semester. And what an amazing semester it has been. I look forward to setting up the drip systems in January and I can't thank everyone at the elab especially Dr. Bill enough for all the lessons and amazing moments.

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ISR VIdeo Summary

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ISR S1 White paper

Abstract

My major project is to continue the hydroponics automation project started this year as well as to develop new techniques to grow plants that can be implemented in the space at the elab. My secondary would be the NASA Ames and a tertiary would be getting my amateur radio license.

Introduction and Goals

The idea behind hydroponics is to reduce the space and resources needed to grow a variety of plants in any area. The Hydroponics project started as an extension to the sustainable housing project as sustainable growth is just one caveat of sustainable living This semester I was tasked with re-establishing the vertical installation using the same pump from last year. This was successful, so for next semester, I wish to implement a new type of growing method based on a drip system that would alleviate the problems of the previous system. For the other projects, I would like to have my license by the end of next semester as well as having a competitive submission for the February deadline.

Planning and Implementation

The implementation of the hydroponics was the same as last year but having all the parts together allowed me to immediately get the project off the ground. Following the mantra of flood and drain gave me the idea to put the pump on a timer that filled the container with water and drained it at specific intervals. This allowed for exceptional aeration of the roots preventing any form of rot. In order for plants to survive they need nutrients and in order for me to grow them I had to do research into dissolvable fertilizers also looking into Boeing’s research into hydroponics microgravity as well as the UH professor Kratky’s work on this method of growing plants. The majority of the setup was done the previous year however it did require a fair bit of cleaning and reconfiguration to build a overflow migration system and a larger reservoir for new plants.

Challenges and Next Steps

The Hydroponics project faced and still faces many challenges. The most problematic being that if the pump were to shut off unexpectedly then the plants will likely die if the user is not vigilant. Other challenges include not having enough seedlings to have a decent harvest, one or two plants becoming extremely large(mint) and covering the other plants prevent sunlight from reaching them, algal bloom that occurs when fertilizer is added to the reservoir that could clog the pump and insects or pests that feed off the plants. This semester we had a successful harvest with a few plants that will bloom in a few weeks into December. Also, the instruments for the drip system has been collected and are mostly ready to go. The future for the project entails the setup of the drip systems and fully automating the project. Throughout the semester I began to understand the intricacies that involve hydroponics, how to tie parachute cord to hold up large cucumbers, how to properly trim and make use of excess mint and basil and bring plants back from the brink of death with fertilizer.

Appendix A

The flourishing of the mint and basil plant that eventually led to severe overgrowth

The cucumber plants and their first flowers.

The outflow system of for the flood and drain system

The first crop of plants that went into the system

The humble seedlings that set this project in motion

Appendix B

Seedlings and Fertilizer- Phosphate based fertilizer and seedlings that either germinate at the elab or were purchased from Ace

Recycled Tubing- Provided a method of transport from the pump to the reservoir and tray.

Pump: The same pump used in the vertical system last year is the foundation of this format of growth.


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Daily Weblog 12/07/2017

Semester winding down. Dr. Bill still missing. The storms are closing in. The end is nigh. Worked on the final paper and tried to film my video today but was unsuccessful due to connectivity issues.
Ec 2.3

Temp 70

pH 7.4

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Daily Weblog 12/06/2017

Alright, a quick one for today. Dr. Bill still MIA sadly. Spent class working the white paper report for Friday in the conference room. Then my workspace got invaded by several of the class members and productivity suffered a massive loss.
Ec 2.0

Temp 70

pH 7.5

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Daily Weblog 12/04/2017

So an early Christmas break for Dr. Bill ( So Lucky) kinda mad that he ditched us. More work on hydroponics and amnes. To be honest, wasted a lot of time today chatting and doing separate work. However, I will say that I made progress on my white paper for the final.
Ec 2.3
pH 7.3
Temp 70

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Weekly Weblog 12/02/2017

This week was spent working on the final presentations for the semester ( videos and papers). In other news, the Hydroponics has bounced back. The tomato especially has developed a serious set of roots and stalk. We may have another tomato tower on our hands. After a bit of house cleaning the mint will hopefully stay at its currents level. Looking forward to a great video discussing the origin and finale of my plants.

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Daily Weblog 12/01/2017

Played Janitor today with hydroponics. The whole system needed a quick clean/once over. Also removed the seeds from the basil plant to prevent the spread of auxins from the roots that tell that plant to start dying. I somehow managed to take on the mint without a gigantic weed wacker. Using only a pair of scissors I was able to trim that beast down to size.
Ec 2.3
pH 7.6
Temp 70

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Daily Weblog 11/20/2017

So quick recap of today final presentations and videos. Discussed the individual points for our videos and planned out the next semester with hydroponics. These included the rationalizations for each of our projects the why and the challenge faced ending with the future of the project.

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Daily Weblog 11/28/2017

An unfortunate fate for the fill and drain system as the pump died over Thanksgiving. The plants took a serious hit but they seem to be coming back. But as they say where one set of plants die the some grow. The parts for the drip system arrived today. Next class I will begin building those and organizing the seedlings. For the rest of class, we discussed the final and how we will complete our semester presentations.
Ec 1.3 to 2.0

Ph 7.6

Temp 70

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Weekly Weblog 11/25/2017

A really short week for classes so not much to discuss. However, endeavours for the drip systems seem to be coming to the surface. I believe in no time at all we will have a few more hydroponic systems up and running. Most likely vertical crops in these as they don't allow for very much spreading. Also before I forget the first batch of fertilizer has finished but the second set seems to have a leak. I hope it is still effective. Further tests to be done.

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Daily Weblog 11/21/2017

Last ISR before Thanksgiving. I would just like to state for the record I am thankful for pliers among other things. As the break is imminent Dr. Bill helped me to install an auto-fill system on the hydroponics reservoir. This allows me to not have to keep checking the reservoir over time when I don't have class. The systems are able to keep the reservoir from overflowing but keep the water level at a specific height through the addition of a vale drilled through the side of the reservoir.
EC 1.6 TO 2.6

pH 7.4

Temp 65 degrees

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Daily Weblog 11/20/2017

Planning for the next iteration of hydroponics. After accounting for each of the five-gallon buckets and lids present( 6 Buckets and 4 lids) the space for the drip systems was allocated. Among other news, the Ames project is taking off ( not quite out of orbit yet) our preliminary summary is underway and making good progress. I can't wait to see it come to fruition. To be completed is the general write-up of who and what we bring to the initial usage of the space station which will no doubt require a large debate.
Ec 1.6 to 2.3
Ph 7.6
Temp 64 degrees F

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Weekly Weblog 11/18/2017

Quite a week for ISR I would say. Finally, an up and running laser printer media from all over the world coming to the elab and a mint plant plotting world domination. Hydroponics has been doing very well, the drip systems will be up and running after Thanksgiving but I do worry about the size of the mint plant. They grow up so fast and also I think he might be going down the wrong path. It's just a hunch but also I keep getting threatening emails from him so maybe I should invest in a weedwhacker, we will see.

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Daily Weblog 11/17/2017

Today in ISR a bit of a slow day. Most of the class comprised of watching the new Tesla advertisement on semi-trucks and sports cars. Tesla has once again outdone themselves. We also were able to speak about future plans and the media that would be attending a meeting at the elab after school. They are coming especially for international students to see what can be done to make Hawaii more of an educational destination.
Ec 2.0

Temp 76

pH 7.6

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