Astrobio Cubesat
Astrobio Cubesat
Astrobio Cubesat
Astrobio Cubesat
Astrobio Cubesat
Astrobio Cubesat
Astrobio Cubesat
Name AstroBio Cubesat (ABCS, AstroBioCubeSat)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status 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)
Launched 2022-07-13
NORAD ID 53107
Deployer ISIPOD [ISISpace]
Launcher Vega C
Organisation Sapienza University of Rome
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Italy
Launch brokerer 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.
Sources [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Photo sources [1] [2] [3]
Keywords MEO orbit, Beyond LEO orbit

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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