BioServe Spaceflight Programs—
Services and Hardware
Affordable, flight proven hardware and research experience, mission integration and operation expertise.
BioServe is a “One Stop Shop,” providing space flight hardware and mission integration and operation services for over 25 years. BioServe has partnered with over 100 different companies and organizations to conduct ground and space-based research and engineering activities. The Center has supported hundreds of individual ground- and space-based life science investigations. Our hardware has supported a wide variety of life science including molecular processes, cell and tissue culture and the development and adaptation of various plants and organisms to microgravity. Our core competency is enabling the conduct of space life sciences research in a highly regulated environment in such a way as to make the complicated process completely transparent to the investigator.
Fluid Processing Apparatus (FPA)
• Small invertebrates
• Small plants/seed germination
• Mammalian cells and tissues
• Protein crystal growth
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Developed and tested over the past 25 years virtually guaranteeing experiment success.
BioServe has designed, built and flown over 50 different payloads on over 40 space flight missions including shuttle, ISS, MIR, Soyuz, and Progress. Although the space shuttle has retired, BioServe hardware and projects are still launching to the ISS. Payloads are manifested on the Japanese launch vehicle (HTV), the two commercial launch vehicles built by SpaceX and Orbital, the Russian launch vehicles (Soyuz and Progress) and the European launch vehicle (ATV). In addition, BioServe continues to maintain and operate two of its "smart" incubators, CGBA, on board the ISS. This hardware is available to support a wide variety of investigations being conducted by BioServe and its partners as well as other NASA investigators and outside researchers.
Select elements of BioServe space flight certified hardware can provide temperature control, real-time monitoring via imagery and data streaming, automated activation, termination and sampling. See BioServe Space Flight Missions.
Space flight provides a unique test bed for developing new technologies and products with ultimate benefits targeted towards both space based and terrestrial applications. The weightless environment can be used to better understand, accelerate or retard biophysical/biochemical processes, to create new biologically based products or to improve existing ones, via process-oriented applied research.