Automated system to grow and harvest vegetables in extreme environments.


GrowBotHub is part of Igluna which is an international student project to build a habitat demonstrator for sustaining life in an extreme environment such as the Moon. Igluna is coordinated by the Swiss Space Center and based on an initiative of the European Space Agency (@ESA_Lab CH).

GrowBotHub aims for a fully automated system to grow and harvest vegetables in extreme environments. The main focus of the team is to design an autonomous system that will minimize the required resources. Therefore, they are using aeroponics and fogponics to grow the vegetables.

More information about Igluna 2019 and GrowBotHub in this video:

The system is meant to be used in closed-loop with nutrients recycled from human biological waste. Multiple sensors and machine learning are used to control the growth and harvesting of the vegetables. An embedded top-level controller regulates the full system.


Here are the different parts of the project:

  • Structure
  • Growth control and life cycle
  • Space applications
  • Computer vision
  • Robotics
  • Agronomy and chemical test


To develop the different parts of the project, GrowBotHub needs EPFL students that can realize their semester project with us, supervised by specialized laboratories.

You will find the list of projects for the academic year 2020-2021 here



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EPFL Coordinator : David Rodriguez (EPFL Space Center – E-space)

Academic Responsible : Jean-Paul Kneib (E-space)