The ADvanced Space Experiment Processor (ADSEP) biotechnology facility contains three independent thermal zones, each accommodating one cassette, and an internal computer that controls the internal functions of all three cassettes. Cassettes can house bioseparation methods, diffusion-cell and mixing-cell capabilities, and cell-culturing equipment.
ADSEP is a fully automated multi-use processing facility for interface with SpaceX’s Dragon, Orbital’s Cygnus or the ISS EXPRESS Rack.
- Three independent processing modules can be programmed for totally automated operation.
- Processing temperature can be independently monitored and controlled in each of three modules.
- Accommodates up to three cassettes, each capable of processing biological samples in space.
- From half-stepped mode, ADSEP is capable of conducting up to 44 separate experiments in each cassette assembly.
- Biological samples are loaded (preflight) into cassettes that provide appropriate levels of containment.
- Processing module doors are opened with two thumb screws, allowing cassettes to be installed in, and removed from, each processing module on orbit.
- Cassette interfaces with the processing module through blind-mating power/data connector on back side of cassette.
Space Experiment Cassettes
There are several applications for the unique Techshot ADSEP system:
- Cell Celturing (CellCult)
- Biphasic Separation (BISEP)
- Protein Crystal Growth
- C. elegans studies
- Bacteria studies