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BioSentinel

BioSentinel [NASA Ames]

BioSentinel is planned nanosat mission by the NASA Ames Research Center project to study the damage radiation causes to living organisms in a deep-space heliocentric orbit.

BioSentinel is build to the 6U CubeSat standard. It will carry multiple cultures of a genetically modified strain of yeast that researchers have manipulated to respond to DNA damage by reproducing. Also on board are a radiation spectrometer and a dosimeter for taking radiation measurements.

BioSentinel is one of 13 cubesats planned to be carried with the Orion EM1 mission into a heliocentric orbit in cis-lunar space on the maiden flight of the SLS (Block 1) iCPS launch vehicle in 2018.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Life science
Operator: NASA Ames Research Center
Contractors: NASA Ames Research Center
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~14 kg
Orbit: Solar orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BioSentinel - 2018 CC LC-39B SLS (Block 1) iCPS with Orion EM1, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, SkyFire, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, 3 cubesats

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