original Biolock engineering team developed the specifications and design of the space-flight approved hardware connecting the
animal and plant habitats to the Life Sciences Laboratory experiments
glovebox, in micro-gravity, on board the NASA Space Station.
The unique sealing and locking interface system assures that pathogens and any other matter contained within the individual sealed
habitats and the sealed glovebox remain completely isolated from the Space Station laboratory environment
throughout the habitat/glovebox connection, operation, and separation phases.
design engineering problem that Biolock's team solved was basically how to
transfer delicate biological contents from one sealed container directly into another sealed
container without exposing the contents or the internal volume of
either container to the external atmosphere during the process.
For example, if you
try to pour coffee from one air-tight flask into another air-tight flask without exposing the coffee to the air in the room, you can
quickly understand both the problem and the magnitude of the solution that is required.
Biolock is currently focused on the development of proprietary biocontainment and
bioisolation transfer technology for non-space biomedical and
pharmaceutical laboratory and field applications. However, it is anticipated this technology will also meet NASA's Astronaut Office space-flight requirements for Life Sciences biocontainment.
Development of this advanced transfer technology is currently supported by a Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Senior design project team at Miami University (Ohio).
Future design applications include a bank of sealed and transportable culture, plant, or animal habitats that connect directly to an experiments glovebox and/or sterile processing equipment, thereby eliminating the need for a dedicated clean-room facility.
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