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BioSentinel Flight Software v4B2 Set For Release October 12

BioSentinel Flight Software version 4B2 is scheduled for release October 12th, 2017. The main purpose for this release is to support Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing in the shortest possible time frame. Many of the Release 5A requirements will be addressed at this point. Watchpoints for fault management will be baselined, nominal scenario testing will be in place, and device drivers will be installed for the Input/Output (I/O) boards.

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: Nathan Benz, Scott Christa, Douglas Forman, Jesse Fusco, Greg Limes, Michael Logan, and Matt Sorgenfrei; External Devices (Payloads): Steve Battazzo, Edmund DelaCruz, and Eddy Mazmanian; Command & Data Handling Support: Shi Lei Han and Craig Pires

POINT OF CONTACT: Dawn McIntosh, dawn.m.mcintosh@nasa.gov

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