Science Research on ISS Russian Segment
Implementation of the program of scientific experiments of a South-African cosmonaut
SPC experiment is included in the scientific program of South African cosmonaut Mark Shuttleworth and is a constituent part of the
Russian Program for Implementation of Scientific and Technological Research Planned for the Fourth Manned Expedition ISS-4.
Obtaining crystals of soluble proteins FcgIII and FcgeII with a highly perfect crystal structure.
Obtaining high-quality protein monocrystals that are needed for ground X-ray structure analysis with high resolution.
Scientific Equipment Used:
- CPCF-2 module for accommodating 8 experimental reactors, where the processes of protein preparation growth are implemented;
- thermal insulation container for passive thermostatting CPCF-2 during delivery and return to Earth;
- activation mechanism for activating/deactivating crystallization processes in experimental reactors placed inside
a sealed CPCF-2 module.
The result of the space experiment is a CPCF-2 module with crystals grown in zero gravity. X-ray structure analysis of protein crystals obtained
in space flight (in zero-gravity environment) will be used in developing in developing a new generation of drugs.