VARIABLE SPEED MID-DECK CENTRIFUGE

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$186,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
2729
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Micro-g Research
3401 Market St #350, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 David K Chapman
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE LONG STANDING INTEREST IN THE BIOLOGICAL COMMUNITY FOR AN IN-FLIGHT CENTRIFUGE COUPLED WITH THE POTENTIAL USE OF THE MID-DECK IN THE ORBITER TO CONDUCT RESEARCH INDICATES A DEFINITE NEED FOR A MID-DECK LOCKER CENTRIFUGE. THE LSLE INVENTORY DOES NOT INCLUDE A CENTRIFUGE CAPABLE OF PERFORMING THE BROAD RANGE OF EXPERIMENTAL NEEDS OF GRAVITATIONAL BIOLOGISTS. THIS RESEARCH EFFORT IS DIRECTED TOWARD DEVELOPMENT OF A VARIABLE SPEED MID-DECK CENTRIFUGE THAT WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF MOST SPACE BIOLOGISTS BY (1) THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE SIMULTANEOUS 1 G CONTROLS (2) BE ABLE TO EXPLORE THE RANGE BETWEEN 0 AND 1 G (3) PROVIDE A CONTROLLED THERMAL ENVIRONMENT (4) HAVE THE ABILITY TO RECORD SPECIMEN IMAGES WITH AN ON-BOARD CAMERA AND (5) PROVIDE ON-BOARD DISPLAYS OF THE OPERATIONAL PARAMETERS. A SET OF DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS WILL BE DEVELOPED USING INFORMATION DERIVED FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND THE RESULTS OF DEVELOPMENT TESTS. THIS SET OF DESIGN CRITERIA WILL BE USED TO PREPARE A PRELIMINARY DESIGN. A HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT PLAY WILL BE COMPLETED TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OFHOW THE FLIGHT HARDWARE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED IN PHASE II.

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