Thanks to the long-standing know-how of its experts, the Bioscience and Medical Engineering competence center is able to develop life support systems for space applications and experiments, test and validate them, and launch them into orbit.
This takes into account all the requirements and challenges that the hostile environment of space poses to experimental hardware. Biocompatibility tests and tightness tests are as much a part of this as the development of gas exchange and temperature controlled supply systems, which in the case of photosynthetic models also have integrated light sources.
These systems must fit into the smallest possible space and thus require a high degree of miniaturization. In order to realize this optimally, the competence center uses microfluidic systems and sensors, which are developed and integrated in collaboration with industrial and university partners.