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Payload 02 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2015 - 02

Arizona State University
Payload Title:

Organisms Near Space

Student Leader:
  • Benjamin Stinnett
  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Arizona State University
  • ISTB4-792
  • 781 E. Terrace Rd.
  • Tempe,Arizona 85287
  • Email:blstinne@asu.edu
  • Cell:480-862-2341
Faculty Advisor:
  • Srikanth Saripalli
  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Arizona State University
  • ISTB4-663
  • 781 E. Terrace Rd.
  • Tempe, Arizona 85287
  • Email:srikanth.saripalli@asu.edu
  • Office:480-727-0023
  • Cell:480-965-8102
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
2.5 kg
130 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/26/2015
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/07/2015
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 08/03/2015
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/11/2015
The Organisms Near Space (ORGANS) payload proposes a novel approach to expose the common spacecraft contaminant bacterial species, Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, to the environment at 35km above sea level to determine the effects on microbial viability and mutation. The ORGANS payload will also collect temperature, pressure and UV radiation data. There will be a wild type strain and pressure and temperature sensitive mutant strain of each microbial species sent up on the payload. Once returned to sea level, the ORGANS team plans to analyze effects on microbial viability by attempting to culture the wild type microbial colonies on Luria Bertani (LB) media, an ideal media for bacterial growth, at 30° C. The results of this inoculation will be compared to control colonies also plated on LB media to determine if viability was influenced by the environment on microorganisms, which can be applied to issues involving forward contamination of extraterrestrial environments and spacecraft sterilization.
Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report: