Transport Environment Monitor Packages (TEM) - 11.22.16
The Transport Environment Monitor (TEM) investigation monitors temperatures inside cargo vehicles bound for the International Space Station. Environmental conditions during transportation are very important for biological specimens and reagents for life-science experiments. This investigation uses temperature data loggers to record the environmental conditions near investigations launched on cargo vehicles.
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Like Goldilock’s porridge, biological specimens and reagents for life-science experiments bound for the International Space Station need to be just the right temperature – not too hot or to cold. This investigation monitored the environment inside station-bound cargo vehicles of all types, using data loggers to automatically measure and record temperature during transit. Knowing actual environment data for these vehicles will guide planning of experiments for the space station. Experiment Details
Mitsuyo Masukawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tokyo, Japan
Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2010 - September 2012; September 2013 - March 2014
- The proposed research seeks to take the temperature data aboard the space vehicle other than Space Shuttle by temperature data loggers. Environmental condition during transportation is very important for biological specimen or reagents for life-science experiments. Therefore, the actual environment data in ATV (or CRS and COTS is necessary for the experiment operation planning after 2011. We plan to environment monitoring of HTV1 in 2009. We will use similar packages for ATV2.
It is now possible to offer temperature survey data in each vehicle to the users who are considering use of each vehicle. Thereby, it becomes easy to plan for launch or return of experimental samples.
Operational Requirements and Protocols
Decadal Survey Recommendations
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TEM packages were installed inside soft bag and launched by each assigned vehicle. Data loggers of TEM automatically measured and recorded temperatures during transportation to the ISS. After ISS docking, TEM packages were moved to an in-orbit storage area in the JEM. Data eventually retrieved and are provided to the science team for analysis.^ back to top