Drosophila Research

Drosophila Experiment Module

  • Multi-generation Drosophila research experiments in space
  • Techshot takes care of all NASA paperwork required to fly flies
  • Color and IR video observation
  • White and IR lighting
  • Programmable day/night cycles
  • Nominal experiment duration: 21 days (extensions possible)
  • 0 – 2 g gravity control available
  • Up to 12 separate simultaneous experiments per mission
  • Operates aboard the International Space Station inside the Techshot Multi-use Variable-gravity Platform (MVP)

Multi-use Variable-g Platform (MVP) facility

  • Dual 390 mm rotors, simultaneous 0 – 2 g
  • Twin independent self-balancing centrifuges: 0 – 2 g each
  • Thermal control
  • Humidity control
  • 12 sample modules, each with video capability
  • Experiment modules accommodate a wide variety of samples
    • Cultured cells
    • Drosophila
    • Plants
    • C. elegans
    • Aquatics
    • Cement
    • Tissue Chips
  • Rotors and sample modules removable on orbit.

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