Radiation Target Area Sample Environmental Chamber (RTASEC)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,945.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ07JB15C
Agency Tracking Number:
065957
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
X13.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Payload Systems, Inc.
247 Third Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142-1129
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
139378731
Principal Investigator:
Liping Sun
Principal Investigator
(617) 868-8086
liping@payload.com
Business Contact:
Scott Hart
Contracts Administrator
(617) 868-8086
hart@payload.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Payload Systems Inc. proposes the Radiation Target Area Sample Environmental Chamber (RTASEC) as an innovative approach enabling radiobiologists to investigate the real-time, long-term radiation effects on living cells and tissues. Most current research into radiation effects on living cultures is limited to short duration radiation exposure because of the lack of in-situ equipment to provide the environment needed to support cell/tissue culture growth while in the radiation field. While these short-term experiments are vital to understanding cell and tissue culture reaction and adaptation to the radiation environment, long-term exposure at low dose rate is more likely to occur in space, and is more representative of long duration space missions of interest to NASA. We propose developing the RTASEC to enable long-term radiation exposure studies at the Brookhaven National Lab by providing the proper environmental conditions (such as temperature, relative humidity, gaseous oxygen and carbon dioxide concentration, and ambient lighting) needed for the study of a variety of cell/tissue cultures, including mammalian, plant, microbial cells, and tissues, in both suspension and attachment culture modes. The RTASEC can be used with a variety of existing culturing systems, including standard vials, wells, and flasks, such as the T-25, and NASA's rotary bioreactor. As an added benefit, the RTASEC will also be capable of supporting studies involving laboratory animals such as mice and rats.

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