||AstroBio Cubesat (ABCS, AstroBioCubeSat)
|Units or mass
||Operational? (Initial radio amateur reports and undated website post that reset changed the frequency and power of transmitter but SatNOGS reports with data seem to be continuing as of 2022-12-20)
||Sapienza University of Rome
||Academic / Education
||SAB Launch Services
MEO orbit and hosting a mini laboratory payload based on lab-on chip technology.
Hosting a mini laboratory payload based on lab-on chip technology. The objective of the project is to test an automatic laboratory based on lab-on-chip technology, able to provide a highly integrated in-situ multiparameter platform that uses immunoassay tests exploiting chemiluminescence detection.
The perform the experiment, a paper-based later flow device will be used. The paper-based support will contain:
- biomolecules immobilized in specific test areas (i.e., enzyme in experiment 3, antibody in experiment 4, see the experiment list below);
- chemicals deposited in a non-permanent fashion and in a dry form in the initial part (starting area) of the microfluidic path (e.g., luminol and potassium ferricyanide): when the reagents-delivery-system provides a volume of a reagent or sample in the liquid form to the starting area, capillary forces will capture the liquid reagents and force them to flow along the paper-based microfluidic pathway. During the flow, liquid reagents will solubilize and transport along the path the deposited reagents, thus triggering specific reactions. As photon emission signals are recorded as a result of correct experiment execution, a photosensor will always be present in correspondence of each test area to detect the chemiluminescence reaction.
The experiments will aim at evaluating:
- the functional tests of the device (delivery of reagents, mixing of chemicals, detection of emitted photons, electronics, data storage and transmission);
- the stability of chemicals and biomolecules employed in the experiment and necessary for performing bioassays (e.g., immunoassays exploiting chemiluminescence detection) in space conditions for astrobiological investigations.
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||MEO orbit, Beyond LEO orbit
Last modified: 2022-12-29
Detailed Astrobio Cubesat entry in the Database
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