Technology development activities for housing research animals on Space Station FreedomThe development and design of animal facilities are described in terms of the technological needs for NASA's Biological Flight Research Laboratory. Animal habitats are presented with illustrations which encompass waste-collection techniques for microgravity conditions that reduce the need for crew participation. The technology is intended to be highly compatible with animal morphology, and airflow is employed as the primary mechanism of waste control. The airflow can be utilized in the form of localized high-speed directed flow that simultaneously provides a clean animal habitat and low airflow rates. The design of an animal-habitat testbed is presented which capitalizes on contamination-control mechanisms and suitable materials for microgravity conditions. The developments in materials and technologies represent significant contributions for the design of the centrifuge facilities for the Space Station Freedom.
Jenner, Jeffrey W. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Garin, Vladimir M. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Nguyen, Frank D. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)