|Units or mass||3U|
|Status||not launched, expected in 2023|
|Organisation||NASA Ames Research Center|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
|Partners||Purdue University, Santa Clara University|
Space biology science experiment project to investigate biophysical mechanisms of plant gravity sensing.
Space biology science experiment project to investigate biophysical mechanisms of plant gravity sensing using “lab-on-a-chip” experiment approach. Utilize flight proven spacecraft technologies demonstrated on prior Ames nanosatellite missions such as PharmaSat and O/OREOS.
Technical objectives focus on refining current lab-on-a-chip sensor system in the development of a new CEL-C Advanced bioCD designed for the micro-satellite platform. In addition, the SporeSat payload will serve as a technology platform to evaluate new microsensor technologies for enabling future fundamental biology missions.
The primary goal of the SporeSat Project is to utilize an autonomous, free-flying spacecraft to conduct scientific experiments to gain a deeper knowledge of the mechanism of plant cell gravity sensing. Realtime measurement of calcium signaling and maintenance of variable gravity treatments during the flight experiment.