Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL) - 04.20.16
The Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL) supports a wide variety of experiments in the life, physical and material sciences with a focus on supporting research of biological systems and processes. It has over 23 liters of temperature controlled volume with LED lighting for scientific hardware and experiments. It can be fitted to provide 5% CO2 for cell cultures and has 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 ethernet LAN connections. It also has switchable 28vdc and 5vdc power supplies for experiment use. Science Results for Everyone
Information Pending Facility Details
Louis S. Stodieck, Ph.D., University of Colorado, BioServe Space Technologies, Boulder, CO, United States
Mark Rupert, University of Colorado, BioServe Space Technologies, Boulder, CO, United States
BioServe Space Technologies, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Laboratory (NL)
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2015 - March 2016; March 2016 - March 2017
Previous ISS Missions
SABL supports a wide variety of fundamental, applied and commercial space life sciences research, as well as education-based, investigations and physical and material science experiments. SABL is capable of supporting life science research in the areas of microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, algae, fungi, viruses, etc.), small organisms, animal cells and tissue cultures and small plants. The facility supports research on model organisms such as Escherichia coli (bacteria), saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast), Caenorhabditis elegans (nematodes), Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies), Arabidopsis thaliana (brassica plant) and others. Furthermore, SABL supports research into the effects of microgravity on pathogenic bacteria (alterations in virulence), fermentation processes (bacterial production of drugs and other compounds of interest), mammalian cell behavior (bone, muscle, heart and immune system cells, for example) and tissue formation and growth (3-D cell aggregates and tissues useful for regenerative medicine studies). Education experiments studying the development and behavioral adaptations of small organisms such as insects, spiders, small plants, newts, etc. will be made possible.
The range of research made possible using SABL is limited only by the imagination of researchers and by the various experiment-specific hardware that could be housed inside SABL. BioServe has an extensive array of experiment-specific hardware: Group Activation Packs (GAPs), Fluids Processing Apparatuses (FPAs), Single well and 6-well BioCells, Plate Habitats (PHabs), insect habitats, plant growth habitats, camera modules and more that are fully compatible with SABL. In addition, other payload organizations can utilize SABL for temperature control and overall experiment support. Any modern instrument that is compatible with USB connectivity will be able to be integrated into SABL with relative ease. This functionality alone opens the door to many future analytical tools that could be used on board the ISS to reduce or eliminate the need to return samples to the ground for analysis.
In essence, SABL will support the same types of research that have been supported using the CGBA facility over the last decade, but with a more crew-friendly system and with enhanced capabilities.
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