Fruit Fly Lab, FFL-01 (SpaceX-5)
The Fruit Fly Lab system has three major components. The first is the Cassette that will safely transport fruit flies to the space station. The second is the Food Changeout Platform that will be used to change the fruit fly food without breaching containment and allow extraction of the fruit fly larvae for preservation. The third is the Nanoracks Centrifuge that houses the Cassettes and provides an artificial gravity environment aboard the space station.
The Fruit Fly Lab will provide long-term housing for fruit flies aboard the station at microgravity and a controlled 1 g inside an on-orbit centrifuge.
The first Fruit Fly Lab mission, FFL-01, will launch aboard a SpaceX rocket (SpX-5) in 2014. The goal of the first flight is to validate hardware performance, conduct scientific investigations, and demonstrate that the space station crew can perform critical research operations on-orbit. Over a hundred flies will be aboard the space station for a period of up to 30 days.
For more information, see the Fruit Fly Lab NASA Facts Sheet on this page.
|Project Manager||Kevin Martin, NASA, Ames Research Center|
|Project Scientist||Sharmila Bhattacharya, NASA, Ames Research Center|
|Deputy Project Manager||Matthew Lera, Lockheed Martin, Ames Research Center|
Click to read the nasa.gov story "NASA’s Next “Top Model,” The Fruit Fly." (11.14.2013)
Click to read the Christian Science Monitor story "How fruit flies will get us to Mars." (11.25.2013)