Our space mission was birthed from a question sparked in our hearts: Is there any way to perform large-scale biology-centered research on outer space, while being outside of the International Space Station (ISS)? And if so, can this be achieved in a low-cost, scalable and easily reproducible way, in order to tackle complex topics, such as the prolonged effects space conditions have on humans? It turns out that, while more than 570 humans have been sent into space, we only possess systemic knowledge (at a physiological level), instead of a more analytical view, at a cellular or even molecular level.
Space and Biological Research
From the more than 4400 nanosatellites flown into space, only 7 were destined to study a system of biological nature. None of them was realized through a European endeavor. Furthermore, most of these experiments performed were low-scale (1-3 genes), for low-quality observations in a rather short timespan.
The nanosatellite AcubeSAT currently designed by SpaceDot will have an in-house built pressurized vessel containing a microscopic assay and a lab-on-a-chip, able to sustain yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae growth, in order to probe the effects of radiation and microgravity conditions in Low Earth Orbit.
AcubeSAT is an open-source mission: We have publicly released most of our software, hardware and documentation, which you can also use at your own projects!