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BioSentinel [NASA Ames]

BioSentinel is a 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 10 cubesats carried with the Artemis 1 (Orion CM-002) mission into a heliocentric orbit in cis-lunar space on the maiden flight of the SLS (Block 1) iCPS launch vehicle in November 2022.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Life science
Operator: NASA Ames Research Center
Contractors: NASA Ames Research Center
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~14 kg
Orbit: Solar orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BioSentinel 2022-156F 16.11.2022 CCK LC-39B SLS (Block 1) iCPS with Artemis 1 (Orion CM-002), CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, LunIR, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, Miles


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