Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) - 11.22.16

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Science Objectives for Everyone
Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) is a single middeck locker replacement unit useful for protein crystal growth investigations. TCF-3 includes an operating computer which can be programmed to custom timelines for each user.
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Facility Details


Facility Manager(s)
Paul W. Todd, Techshot, Greenville, IN, United States

Facility Representative(s)
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Techshot, Incorporated, Greenville, IN, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

ISS Expedition Duration

Expeditions Assigned
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Previous Missions
TCF-3 has been successfully used by Marshall Space Flight Center as a ground control environment for protein crystallization experiments aboard Space Shuttle and ISS.

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Facility Description

Facility Overview

  • Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) provides temperature control and is widely applicable because of the adjustable internal structure and its wide thermal control range (4 degrees C - 44 degrees C).
Thermal Carrier Facility-3 (TCF-3) is compatible with Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) racks and can operate automated internal experiment hardware while providing a programmed temperature profile.

TCF-3 is a generic thermal carrier supporting a wide range of temperatures and payload devices. They include computers for controlling internal temperature and humidity. TCF-3 is intentionally versatile, so broad categories of small modifications are already accommodated. Existing computer software is programmable to adapt the carriers to any internal experiment.

TCF-3 fits a single middeck locker on Space Shuttle, ISS and Spacehab racks. Temperature controls are within 0.5 degrees C within a range of -4 degrees C to +40 degrees C. The facility provides and controls power to internal experiments with a programmable computer control for temperature profiles and for any internal experiment supplied by the user.

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Facility Operations

  • Installs as a single locker in the Space Shuttle middeck, SPACEHAB Rack or EXPRESS Rack on ISS.

  • The inflight operations are automated and require minimal crew interaction.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Results Publications

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