AN ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT HABITAT FOR SPACE BIOLOGY

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1773
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Star Enterprises
3595 N. Hinkle Road, Bloomington, IN, 47401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey R. Alberts
Investigator
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
CURRENT LIFE-SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS CANNOT BE USED FOR DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES OF ANIMALS IN SPACE. AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO THE DESIGN OF AN ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT HABITAT, COMPATIBLE WITH THE MIDDECK LOCKERS OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE, IS BASED ON STUDIES OF NATURALLY-OCCURRING MATERNAL BURROWS OF RODENTS, SURFACE/VOLUME RATIOS OF DIFFERENT HABITAT CONFIGURATIONS, AND ANALYSIS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIORAL REQUIREMENTS. THE DESIGN WILL ALSO INCORPORATE CURRENT AND PROJECTED SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS, AS INDICATED BY COMPILATION OF SEVERAL SCIENCE REVIEWS, AS WELL AS INTERVIEWS OF INVESTIGATORS. PHASE I WORK WILL CULMINATE WITH THE PRODUCTION OF A FULL-SIZE MODEL OF AN ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT HABITAT. THE HABITAT WILL EMBODY NEW PRINCIPLES OF LIFE-SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS IN SPACE, PARTICULARLY THOSE RELEVANT TO WELFARE OF THE ANIMALS AND THE CONDUCT OF A BROAD PROGRAM OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES IN SPACE BIOLOGY.

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