Start-Up Launches Operation to Grow Hemp in Space

CBD and Hemp being tested on the International Space Station

Space Tango, a start-up tech company, has created a subsidiary focused on better understanding the properties of hemp by sending the CBD-rich plant to the International Space Station. Space Tango previously worked with American brewing giant Anheuser-Busch to test how microgravity affected barley. Space Tango has installed two small laboratories aboard the ISS that hold experiments. The experiments are sent to the ISS housed in “CubeLab” modules that run applications to gather data. This hemp enterprise will hopefully lead to discoveries that may expand humanity’s knowledge of the plant and improve cultivation methods.

Table of Contents

  1. Start-Up Sending Hemp to Space
  2. How Space Tango Works
  3. Why Hemp?

Space Tango Sending Hemp to Space

Kentucky-based tech start-up company Space Tango will be sending hemp up to space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The goal is to research the effects of microgravity on hemp, providing researchers with an enhanced understanding of the CBD-rich plant.

Space Tango offers companies the opportunity to conduct research in space, giving them insights and data about whatever they choose to send to space.

For example, Anheuser-Busch used Space Tango’s services to test how barley could be cultivated without the “stress” of gravity.

“When plants are ‘stressed,’ they pull from a genetic reservoir to produce compounds that allow them to adapt and survive,” said Dr. Joe Chappell, a member of the Space Tango Science Advisory Team who specializes in drug development and design.

“Understanding how plants react in an environment where the traditional stress of gravity is removed can provide new insights into how adaptations come about and how researchers might take advantage of such changes for the discovery of new characteristics, traits, biomedical applications and efficacy.”

Partnering with Atalo Holdings and Anavii Market, companies that cultivate hemp and sell hemp-derived products like CBD oil, Space Tango created a subsidiary to research how microgravity would affect hemp.

How Space Tango Works

Space Tango has installed two micro-laboratories on the ISS, allowing them to send “payloads” for research. Payloads are put into a module called a “CubeLab” that are then sent to the ISS.

Inside the CubeLab, biomedical and technological applications gather information and allow clients to receive data and images of their payloads in near real-time.

The CubeLabs also require minimal interaction from astronauts.

Why Hemp?

Hemp is a versatile plant with uses in food, clothing, fuel, and medicine. Space Tango believes it could have many uses that are yet to be discovered.

“This project is particularly appealing because hemp is a rapidly emerging industry, which by many indications, may have considerable, and as of yet, unrealized uses and potential,” stated Space Tango in a press release.

The microgravity experiment could bring significant discoveries to the table and provide future growers with a new and improved method for cultivating this valuable plant.


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