Life Sciences Glovebox (Life Science Glovebox (LSG)) - 04.18.18

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The Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) is a sealed work area that accommodates life science and technology investigations in a “workbench” type environment. Due to its larger size design, two crew members can work in the LSG simultaneously.
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Facility Details

OpNom: LSG

Facility Manager(s)
Lee P. Jordan, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States

Facility Representative(s)
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Developer(s)
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
Technology Demonstration Office (TDO)

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2017 - August 2018; -

Expeditions Assigned
53/54,55/56,57/58

Previous Missions
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Availability
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Facility Description

Facility Overview

The facility has an enclosed working volume that is held at a negative pressure with respect to the crew living area. Habitats attach to the Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) in a manner that prevents any exchange of biological material between the cabin and glovebox. As air circulates through the workspace, activated charcoal filters continuously clean it by absorbing chemicals that may be present. In addition, a high-efficiency air filter removes particles and aerosols. This allows the facility to provide two levels of containment for handling Biohazard Level II and lower biological materials. This containment approach protects the crew from possible hazardous operations that take place inside the LSG work volume. Research investigations operating inside the LSG are provided approximately 15 cubic feet of enclosed work space, air filtration for contaminant removal, adjustable fan speeds, 350 watts of 28Vdc and 110Vac power (combined), video and data recording, real time downlink, adjustable overhead illumination, temperature regulation (18-27ºC) and ferrous surfaces for magnetic attachment of investigation hardware.
 
The LSG can be used with Laboratory Support Equipment—including the Bar Code Reader, the Incubator, Cryosystem Vial Freezer (a -180ºC freezer, accessed through the Habitat Access Door), and the Passive Dosimeter (which can be located inside the work volume of the LSG to measure biologically active space radiation during an experiment)—as well as with experiment-generic equipment, tools, and sample kits.
 
An available airlock allows the transfer of investigation samples and hardware to/from the work volume maintains containment. Additionally, access to the moderate temperature loop (MTL) is available for investigation use via quick disconnects located in the work volume as well as on the exterior of the LSG. These capabilities will make the LSG a highly utilized facility on the ISS.
 
NASA provides an LSG qualification unit for payload developers to verify that their hardware is operating properly before actual operation on the ISS.
 

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Operations

Facility Operations
The LSG facility is ground operated by the Payloads Operations Integration Center (POIC) at MSFC. Payloads may also operate remotely from different telescience centers located in the United States and throughout the world. The Investigative Payload Integration Manager (IPIM) is the focal to assist organizations that have payloads operating in the LSG facility.

• Crew members insert their hands in three different sized glove ports attached directly to the facility ports. Using gloves, the crew safely manipulates samples inside the sealed work area. Two crew members can use the LSG work space at the same time by means of gloves that extend into the work area.

• As investigations are conducted in space, the crew can see inside the glovebox. LSG supplies a video system to monitor and record images of experiment hardware and samples inside the work volume.

• Video downlink is available to the scientists on Earth for observation of the investigations real time.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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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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Imagery

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Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Work Volume. Image courtesy of Lee Jordan.

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Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Work Volume. Image courtesy of Lee Jordan.

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Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Work Volume and Avionics Launch Package in the Zero-Gravity Stowage Rack (ZSR).  Image courtesy of Lee Jordan.

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