Fluid Processing Cassette (FPC) - 07.29.14
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Feeding and fixing microbial or model-organism (e.g., Caenorhabditis elegans) cultures are typical Fluid Processing Cassette (FPC) applications. The FPC contains a triple-containment system, and internal events (starting and stopping flows) are controlled by the ADvanced Space Experiment Processor (ADSEP) computer. The FPC is also able to operate autonomously (without the ADSEP facility) with batteries and external toggle switches for which nearly 100 operations can be programmed.
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Several subcomponents of the modular ADvanced Space Experiment Processor (ADSEP) cassette were modified for standalone use aboard the International Space Station.
- The Fluid Processing Cassette (FPC) is used in experiments involving serial transfers. Such experiments typically involve studies of microorganisms or model organisms, such as Caenorhabditis elegans, or zebrafish, which are exposed to a chemical additive, fed fresh medium, and/or fixed during flight for gene expression analysis.
- The FPC can be used when a transport vehicle does not have an available computer. It is applicable to experiments carried to the International Space Station (ISS) on the space shuttle or other spacecraft.
The FPC provides three levels of containment. It can be operated by computer within the ADvanced Space Experiment Processor (ADSEP) single-locker facility or autonomously with batteries and a manual switch panel.
The FPC has reconfigurable bags (up to 12, at 30 ml each), peristaltic pumps, and pinch valves. More than 100 commands can be programmed using external toggle switches for manual operation. The FPC can feed, treat, and fix organisms in liquid suspensions in microgravity.
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