Biotechnological Research on ISS Russian Segment
"GCF" experiment is incorporated into the French research program ANDROMEDA,
which is a constituent part of the "Program for implementation of scientific and application research planned for the third
manned expedition ISS-3". CNES is a customer for preparing and carrying out the program of scientific and engineering experiments
during the French astronaut mission to ISS RS.
"GCF" experiment is a continuation of the studies that began during STS-95 mission when three experiments
were performed using crystallization units APCF in order to test crystallization technique that uses counter-diffusion
method in zero gravity. This mission will use the already developed crystallization technique on new equipment - GCF crystallization unit.
Protein crystallization in zero gravity to study spatio-temporal oversaturation patterns in the course of protein crystal nuclei formation and growth using
the technique of counter-diffusion in gel.
Developmental testing of crystallization process in GCF unit based on counter-diffusion technique using X-ray capillaries as a protein chamber.
- Thermal insulation transport container GCF 01;
- GCF 02 kit to return the experiment results to Earth.