PLASTIC PACKAGING FOR SPACE FEEDING OF HEAT PROCESSED AND FROZEN FOODS
FOOD MACHINERY AND CHEMICAL CORP SAN JOSE CALIF
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During a space flight, man will endure stresses of considerable magnitude and duration. Researchers have emphasized the psychological importance of supplying this man with foods which retain their earthlike identity. The objective of this research was to develop a practical flexible package system for space flight feeding of heat processed and frozen foods. Feeding concepts were evaluated with regard to a number of significant factors, the more important of these being system weight, ease of zero-gravity consumption, and disposal of waste food. The concept selected for complete development features a bite-size package with integral opening device for solid foods, and a serving-size package for liquid foods. The report discusses space feeding requirements, the advantages of flexible packaging, package design, package fabrication, food preparation, filling, thermal processing, quality control, space vehicle food storage, reheating and cooling for consumption, eating technique, and waste food disposal. Author-PL.