Name BioSentinel
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational (Update on official NASA page from 2022-12-19 as of 2022-12-24)
Launched 2022-11-16
NORAD ID ? (Not yet catalogued and tracked?)
Deployer CSD (Canisterized Satellite Dispenser) [Planetary Systems Corporation]
Launcher SLS (Space Launch System) (Artemis-1)
Organisation NASA Ames Research Center
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Partners NASA Johnson Space Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Developing deep space CubeSat technologies and radiation biosensor to gauge DNA damage and repair beyond LEO.

  • Radiation Biosensor to Gauge DNA Damage and Repair Beyond Low Earth Orbit.
  • Develop a deep space nanosat capability.
  • Develop a radiation biosensor useful for other missions.
  • Define & validate SLS secondary payload interfaces and accommodations for a biological payload.
  • Linear Energy Transfer (LET) Spectrometer.
  • Total Ionizing Dose (TID) Dosimeter.
  • Quantify DNA damage from space radiation environment. Correlate biologic response with – Linear Energy Transfer (LET) and Total Ionizing Dose (TID) data. Yeast assay uses microfluidic arrays to monitor for DSBs.

NASA’s BioSentinel cubesat was tumbling after deployment. Still, controllers were able to stabilize the spacecraft and maintain contact with it as it flew by the moon to study the effects of radiation on microorganisms.

Over 100 successful comm passes and 3 experiments run to date as of May 2023 as per Interplanetary SmallSat Conference 2023.

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COTS subsystems
  • ADCS - Blue Canyon XACT
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Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit

Last modified: 2023-06-08
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