Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) - 01.09.14
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Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) is a single middeck locker replacement unit useful for protein crystal growth investigations. TCF-3 includes an operating computer which can be programmed to custom timelines for each user.
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Techshot, Incorporated, Greenville, IN, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)
ISS Expedition Duration
Previous ISS Missions
TCF-3 has been successfully used by Marshall Space Flight Center as a ground control environment for protein crystallization experiments aboard Space Shuttle and ISS.
- Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) provides temperature control and is widely applicable because of the adjustable internal structure and its wide thermal control range (4 degrees C - 44 degrees C).
TCF-3 is a generic thermal carrier supporting a wide range of temperatures and payload devices. They include computers for controlling internal temperature and humidity. TCF-3 is intentionally versatile, so broad categories of small modifications are already accommodated. Existing computer software is programmable to adapt the carriers to any internal experiment.
TCF-3 fits a single middeck locker on Space Shuttle, ISS and Spacehab racks. Temperature controls are within 0.5 degrees C within a range of -4 degrees C to +40 degrees C. The facility provides and controls power to internal experiments with a programmable computer control for temperature profiles and for any internal experiment supplied by the user. Operations
- Installs as a single locker in the Space Shuttle middeck, SPACEHAB Rack or EXPRESS Rack on ISS.
- The inflight operations are automated and require minimal crew interaction.
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