The latest project taken up by SpaceX is said to be accomplishing something so important with what can be revolutionary for agriculture in space. According to the latest reports, SpaceX is planning to send a hemp to the space in early 2020. It should be noted that SpaceX only has the responsibility to take the plant to the International Space Station and that the idea in fact belongs to Front Range Biosciences, a company that is in the frontier of agriculture technology. The company wants to know how microgravity affects the plant to be sent to the ISS.
SpaceX would be taking the plant to the International Space Station as a part of a cargo mission, many of which are successfully carried out by the company. This time, however, the cargo ship would also contain a help, making it many of the experiments on board. However, both parties have said that the investigation is not yet confirmed and that the plan might get cancelled or rescheduled on the way. It should be noted that this is one of the many experiments Front Range Biosciences want to conduct in the future in respect to the microgravity impact.
480 plant cells are being sent to the ISS with this cargo ship and they would stay in the station for more than a month. Genetic changes and mutations that affect the plants would be studied once the samples are back to earth, a task that would be taken up by another cargo mission. “There is science to support the theory that plants in space experience mutations. This is an opportunity to see whether those mutations hold up once brought back to earth and if there are new commercial applications,” said Jonathan Vaught, as quoted by Fox Business.