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BioSentinel Flight Software v5 Set For Release May 18th

The BioSentinel project has prepared Flight Software Release 5 for May 18, 2018, which indicates that the vehicle has begun preparation for flight. Release 5 is Bronze, and there will be two more: Release 5A, Silver (radio and storage) and Release 5B, Gold (feature complete). Gold is flight eligible and will be the flight unit used for Thermal Vacuum Power Management (TVPM) testing. There will be a final release of flight software, Release 6, following TVPM testing. This is the version of the flight software that will fly.

BACKGROUND: The BioSentinel mission is one of the secondary payloads to fly on the Space Launch System’s (SLS) first Exploration Mission (EM-1). The primary objective of BioSentinel is to develop a biosensor using a simple model organism (the saccharomyeces cerevisiae strain of yeast is being used) to detect, measure, and correlate with other measurements the impact of space radiation to living organisms over long durations beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

TEAM: Flight Software: Matt Knudson (Lead), Nate Benz, Scott Christa, Edmund dela Cruz, Jesse Fusco, Tony Koudsi, Matt Sorgenfrei, and Dave Varvell; External Devices (Payloads): Steve Battazzo and Eddy Mazmanian; Command & Data Handling Support: Craig Pires


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