Materials and living space are limited commodities in a BLSS.
Earth's existing food industry manufacturing strategies are mainly based on quantities too large for use on a BLSS.
Within a BLSS, environmental conditions must be carefully monitored and controlled to support and sustain activities.
For the BLSS to be regenerative, all waste must be converted and recycled into useable resources.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been providing leadership in developing BLSS.
The New Jersey NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training (NJ-NSCORT) for BLSS was established at Rutgers University in may 1996.
Machine vision systems are being developed for non-destructive, real-time evaluation of plant conditions affecting the plant's capability to fulfill its functional role within the BLSS.