The company Zero G Kitchens has produced the first small electrical appliance capable of cooking small pieces of food in space. It’s an invention designed to make astronauts’ lives more bearable during their missions in space.
The menu currently available to them in space is very limited, based on precooked rations and basic foods like potatoes. In short, the food is purely functional and fulfils the purpose of keeping the crew healthy during the expedition.
As space travel becomes more ambitious over the coming decades, astronauts will have to get through longer missions at zero gravity. Therefore, it has to be possible to provide sufficient food and design better technology that favours life in space.
For this reason, Zero G Kitchens, the hotel chain Double Tree Hotels and NanoRacks have joined forces to create the first space oven capable of cooking food in space.
If everything goes to plan, they hope to send a prototype to the International Space Station and cook the first biscuit dough at the end of this year.
What’s the difference between this space oven and a conventional oven?
This oven has been designed to cook food in a zero gravity environment. It is specially designed to place products in without these tipping over or moving thanks to a special tray made of silicone. The products will be cooked at a maximum temperature of 180ºC and it has insulation and ventilation mechanisms that allow it to function safely in the controlled environment of the International Space Station.