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BIOLAB - A European Research Facility in the Columbus Module Onboard ISS for Life Science Experiments

Brungs, Sonja and Schuber, Marianne and Franke, Stefanie and Wever, Philipp (2015) BIOLAB - A European Research Facility in the Columbus Module Onboard ISS for Life Science Experiments. 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), 10.-14. Nov. 2015, Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

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Abstract

The BIOLAB is a life science research facility of the European Space Agency (ESA), accommodated in the European COLUMBUS Module of the International Space Station. It is controlled and monitored by the Microgravity User Support Center as Facility Responsible Center at DLR, Cologne, Germany and supported by BIOTESC, Switzerland, on behalf of ESA. BIOLAB features several compartments which are necessary for life science experiments with small animals and plants, tissues, cells and bacteria. Experiment containers with various experimental set-ups can be manufactured according to the experiment needs. If required, the containers can be assembled within the BIOLAB BioGloveBox and/or stored in the two coolers/freezers (ranging from +10°C to -20°C). The experiments can be run in an incubator (+18°C to +40°C) on two centrifuges (0.001g up to 2g) to study the influence of microgravity, hypergravity and/or thresholds on the chosen test system. A video camera system mounted on the rotor platforms enables a regular control of the samples via telemetry from/to ground. Furthermore, a handling mechanism enables the transfer or liquids for, e.g. adding reagents, diluting samples or transferring a sample to the BIOLAB microscope (dark & bright field, phase contrast, up to 40 x magnifications) for in-flight analysis. This handling mechanism can interact by usage different syringes for transferring liquids between stowage compartments and experiment containers. Recently, two rather complex experiments (TRIPLELUX-A and -B) have been successfully performed in BIOLAB, elucidating the immunological effects of space flight conditions on mammalian and mollusk immune cells. The poster presentation will give an overview on BIOLAB features as well as recent and future operation activities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/102966/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:BIOLAB - A European Research Facility in the Columbus Module Onboard ISS for Life Science Experiments
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Brungs, SonjaGerman Aerospace Centre (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Gravitational Biology, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schuber, MarianneGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Gravitational Biology, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Franke, StefanieGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Operations and Astronaut Training, Microgravity User Support Center, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Wever, PhilippGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Operations and Astronaut Training, Microgravity User Support Center, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:10 November 2015
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:BIOLAB, ISS, Gravitational Biology, Microgravity, Hypergravity
Event Title:31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR)
Event Location:Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10.-14. Nov. 2015
Organizer:American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Biowissenschaftliche Nutzerunterstützung, R - Projekt USOC
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Biomedical Research
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Deposited By: Duwe, Helmut
Deposited On:11 Feb 2016 08:59
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:44

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