Observation Platform for Dynamic Biomedical and Biotechnology Experiments using the ISS Light Microscopy Module
The proposed "Observation platform for dynamic biomedical and biotechnology experiments using the ISS Light Microscopy Module" consists of a platen sized to fit the stage of NASA's Light Microscopy Module (LMM) on the International Space Station (ISS). At the heart of the innovation is a small hollow microscope slide into which specimens and reagent solutions can be injected by a combination of small reservoirs, pumps and valves under computer control. All components are designed into the single platen. Techshot's enabling technology for this product will greatly accelerate the research and development cycle. In Phase I research Techshot will (1) canvass potential users and produce a requirements document that covers user needs, function in low gravity and safety aboard the ISS, (2) design and build a prototype for feasibility testing in Techshot's laboratory, and (3) demonstrate operation using living cells. In Phase II research Techshot will produce a version of the Platform worthy of validating for flight readiness. The compact Platform will be able to be moved to and from ISS on any orbital transfer vehicle. The Platform is expected to be made available to a variety of users of the LMM and should serve to create new users and novel uses of the LMM.
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