The Biological Research in Canisters for OptiCells (BRIC-Opti) provides a closed environment with an atmosphere of known initial composition for microbial growth in microgravity.Facility Manager(s)
Information PendingCo-Facility Manager(s)
Kennedy Space Center, Space Life Sciences Laboratory, Cape Canaveral, FL, United States
Bionetics Corporation, Cape Canaveral, FL, United States
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Expeditions Assigned
13,14Previous ISS Missions
International Space Station Expedition 13 was the first mission of the BRIC-Opti.
The Biological Research in Canisters for OptiCells (BRIC-Opti) is a sealed aluminum container that provides two levels of containment during all phases of operation. The BRIC-Opti has no active thermal control, and specimens that are tolerant of the ambient thermal environment onboard spacecraft are specifically selected. Each BRIC-Opti contains four sub-elements called OptiCells that are commercially available from BioCrystal, Ltd.
The OptiCell comprises a sealed polystyrene frame with two gas-permeable polystyrene windows. Two self-sealing septa permit the introduction of media and inoculum into the interstitial space between the membrane windows. Each BRIC-Opti also contains a single autonomous multichannel data logger made by Onset Corporation. The battery-powered HOBO data logger provides sensors for relative humidity and three channels of temperature. The data logger includes two T-type temperature sensors attached by short cables. Data loggers are activated prior to final canister integration and read postflight. The 10 integrated BRIC-Opti assemblies are passively stowed in the middeck of the space shuttle. The final stowage configuration, whether in a half middeck locker or an equivalent cargo transfer bag, is flexible.
The Biological Research in Canisters for OptiCells (BRIC-Opti) is passively stowed on the International Space Station (ISS). BRIC-Opti could be transferred periodically from ISS stowage to the Minus Eighty Degrees Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) or its equivalent depending on experiment objectives.