NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge (NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge) - 07.15.14

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The NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge opens the door to a new range of research opportunities by providing the ability to simulate microgravity and Earth’s gravity on board the International Space Station (ISS).  The NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge offers on-orbit capability to conduct molecular and cellular investigations on plant and animal tissue.

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Facility Details

OpNom: NanoRacks BioRack Centrifuge

Facility Manager(s)

  • Michael D. Johnson, NanoRacks LLC, Houston, TX, United States

  • Facility Representative(s)
  • Rob Alexander, NanoRacks, Houston, TX, United States

  • Developer(s)

    NanoRacks, LLC, Houston, TX, United States

    Sponsoring Space Agency
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    Sponsoring Organization
    National Laboratory (NL)

    ISS Expedition Duration
    September 2012 - September 2014

    Expeditions Assigned
    33/34,35/36,37/38,39/40

    Previous ISS Missions
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    Availability

  • Onboard
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    Facility Description

    Facility Overview

    US government, industrial, and educational interests drive the NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge research. NanoRacks provides streamlined International Space Station (ISS) access to customers to instill the value and necessity of micro-g based research. Customers are also able to distinguish between micro-g and 1-g based research.

    Research in this particular facility focuses on Biology and Microbiology experiments ranging from micro-g to 1-g. The NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge communicates with ground users, draws power from, and receives commands from the NanoRacks Platform-3.  NanoRacks Platform-3 provides stowage, power, heat rejection and USB data port connectivity for the NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge. NanoRacks users are able to use up to six powered Experimental Containers (EC’s) in the centrifuge with up to twelve powered and four unpowered EC’s in the BioRack.  Although the basic elements of the Centrifuge Assembly are reflown, the implementation of this hardware into Platform-3 is new and the Mounting Plate is new.

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    Operations

    Facility Operations

    • Perform final assembly of the NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge
    • Place each EC in its centrifuge slot for research testing
    • Place each EC in its BioRack slot for research testing
    • Handle container transfer between stowage and the NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge, and vice versa (research and shipping)
    • Conduct observation of the containers

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    Results/More Information

    Results Publications

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    Ground Based Results Publications

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    ISS Patents

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    Related Publications

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    Related Websites

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    Imagery

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    The NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge as displayed during the handover from Astrium North America to NanoRacks, LLC.  NanoRacks and Astrium worked cooperatively with NASA to deliver this commercial centrifuge to the International Space Station. NASA Photo courtesy Astrium North America. JSC2012-E-029873


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    The NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge has the capability to simulate Earth, Moon, and Mars gravity.  Image courtesy of Astrium North America.


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    The NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge as displayed during the handover from Astrium North America to NanoRacks, LLC.  NanoRacks and Astrium worked cooperatively with NASA to deliver this commercial centrifuge to the International Space Station. Image courtesy of Astrium North America.


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    Rendering of the NanoRacks Astrium Centrifuge.  Image courtesy of NanoRacks, LLC.


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