The Advanced Animal Habitat-Centrifuge (AAH-C) 2001-01-2287
The Advanced Animal Habitat - Centrifuge (AAH-C), currently under development by STAR Enterprises and SHOT, Inc., for the NASA Ames Research Center, is a controlled-environment accommodation for microgravity biological research with rats or mice and, potentially, other rodents. The AAH-C is designed primarily for long-duration operation on the International Space Station (ISS) and also for operation in the Shuttle Middeck and SPACEHAB™. The AAH-C is transported to and from the ISS in Avionics Bay 3A of the Shuttle Modified Middeck (with biospecimens), or in the Mini-Pressurized Logistics Module (without biospecimens). The AAH-C, which is modularized and internally reconfigurable, is capable of accommodating mice and rats from weanlings to adults. The Habitat is designed for operation in the ISS Habitat Holding Rack (HHR) (providing a microgravity environment), on the 2.5m Centrifuge Rotor (providing a selectable acceleration environment from microgravity to 2.0g), and at the Life Sciences Glovebox (providing for experimental procedures and unique specimen manipulations). The AAH-C provides all of the systems (food and water delivery, waste management, lighting, video, and environmental control) necessary to maintain optimal animal husbandry, while maximizing scientific output. The AAH-C is currently scheduled for Increment 17A launch in October, 2005.