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Technologies for Biological Space Exploration Study

The “Technologies for Biological Space Exploration (T4BSE)” study will define technologies to enable cross-species comparative biological research, including the use and integration of genomic, proteomic, and metabolic data with measurement of multigenerational and developmental biological and physiological processes in whole organisms. The goal of this study is to investigate the element of biological and biological-based technologies necessary to enable, support, facilitate, and enhance missions involving life beyond.

The following mission concerns will be addressed:

  1. Surfaces, gravity levels, radiation environments, and atmospheres of our nearest neighbors that are radically different in chemical and geological make-up from those on our home planet
  2. Extended human presence in the environments of deep space as well as the Moon and Mars requiring a solid biological understanding of the integrated effects of diminished gravity, enhanced radiation, and transit- and destination- specific variables from the sub-cellular to the whole organism level
  3. Biological and associated technologies for biological and robotic precursor missions to realize future objectives for space colonization

Scientists and engineers from various academic, commercial, and government entities make up the T4BSE multidisciplinary team. The team will develop possible science concepts and the corresponding technology requirements for potential mission targets which include but not limited to: ISS Baseline missions, L2 Orion, Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Lander/Rover, and as a hosted payload. The deliverables expected from the T4BSE study will be a white paper and multiple presentations at various conferences.

Download the T4BSE Overview: Here

Visit the T4BSE Website for updates on the initiative