CBSE scientists will demonstrate the scientific and commercial value for protein crystallization on a long-duration microgravity mission. This will be accomplished using CBSE
CPCGHM
 
Engineering flight hardware to grow high-value proteins whose structures are difficult to be determined through ground-based methods. The proteins will include samples of Liquid-Liquid experiments and Vapor Diffusion experiments.

The hardware will include use of two MERLIN refrigerator-incubators that will be installed within an EXPRESS Rack on ISS for three months to maintain desired temperatures of +20oC and +4oC. The samples will be contained within two types of hardware trays within the MERLIN.

CBSE Engineering will provide verification, integration, and launch and landing support services for the hardware that will be used aboard the ISS.


The protein crystal growth mission is projected to take place in late 2013 to early 2014.