Biotechnological research on ISS Russian Segment

NIP Experiment

Experiment NIP forms part of the scientific research program performed by Brazilian Astronaut Marcos C. Pontes (BSA) on the Russian Segment of the ISS in the frame of CENTENARIO Brazilian Soyuz Mission Project. The Brazilian Space Agency is a customer of the preparation and implementation of the research program.


To study the behavior of fluids in microgravity conditions.


To study the interaction of two accumulations of sprayed proteins (luciferin and luciferase plus ) by their bioluminescence image.

Science Hardware Used:

  • Experimental chamber NIP (with a cable and key);
  • Video camera Sony HVR-Z1Y (with an accumulator);
  • Video cassettes mini DV* (2 pc);
  • Flash card.

The experimental chamber NIP is a monoblock consisting of an octagonal chamber (on each side of which SAW acoustic sprayers are accommodated) and a control unit. Proteins will be sprayed into the inner volume of the chamber from each pair of SAW sprayers located opposite one another with the use of an acoustic wave. Interaction of the flows of two different proteins will result in formation of bioluminescence area, which will be recorded by a high-speed video camera mounted on the inspection window of the experimental block.

Experiment Results:

Video information on the spray process and luminescence of proteins.

ISS Crew