Microsystems Seminar: Antonio Ricco, "Integrated Analytical Microsystems for Space Research"
Thursday, April 23, 2015
1146 AV Williams Building
Integrated Analytical Microsystems for Life Science Research in Outer Space Aboard Autonomous Small Satellites
Chief Technologist, Small Payloads and Instrumentation
NASA Ames Research Center
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We develop miniaturized integrated bio/analytical instruments and platforms to conduct economical, frequent, autonomous life science experiments in outer space. The technologies represented by several of our recent 5-kg “free-flyer” small-satellite missions are the basis of a rapidly growing suite of miniaturized biologically- and chemically-oriented instrumentation now enabling a new generation of in-situ space science experiments. Over the past 7 years, our missions have included studies of space-environment-related changes in gene expression, drug dose response, microbial longevity and metabolism, and the degradation of biomarker molecules. The science and technology of one of these missions, the O/OREOS (Organism/Organic Response to Orbital Stress) Nanosatellite, will be described in the context of conducting biological and chemical experiments in outer space using miniaturized integrated systems.