How are the Life, Physical Science, Exploration and Life Support Laboratory Facilities equipped?
The 720 m2 Laboratory facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to prepare and support flight and ground-based research and experiments. They have at their disposal a large variety of equipment. This includes high-performance analytical instrumentation for biotechnologies, microbiology (e.g. inverted and non-inverted microscopes, Nitek, Diversilab) and water chemistry (e.g. ICP, NPS), a large volume dry-heat steriliser (class 5) as well as all conventional laboratory items (such as glassware, -18 and 80 freezers) and consumables.
Particular emphasis is made of the Gravity Simulation Laboratory which hosts a small random position machine for microgravity simulation and a large diameter (8m) centrifuge equipped with four arms carrying up to six gondolas, able to accommodate payloads up to 80kg. The maximum possible acceleration is 20g (with four gondolas), which can be maintained for six months or longer if required.
Last update: 8 March 2010