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Microgravity and life support systems
SENER develops both system engineering and equipment and devices for a wide range of biological and biomedical research programs and applications in the field of manned flights, where experiments in microgravity are crucial to several areas of science and for future long-duration manned missions.
Its team of experts, with more than 25 years’ experience in life support systems, produces the specifications, design, qualification, integration and verification of systems, equipment and instrumentation for manned flights such as:
- Human physiology research and monitoring systems.
- Coolers and freezers for physiological and biological sample preservation.
- Life sciences experiment support equipment.
- Protein crystallization devices.
SENER is also involved in developing technology and engineering for Closed Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS), an area in which biology, chemistry and food and agriculture technology converge with traditional engineering, all with the ambitious goal of developing self-sustaining habitats in which humans can live in harsh conditions, through:
- System studies on the feasibility of a Closed Ecological System and Habitability Center (CES/HABLAB).
- Conceptual design and system engineering for a greenhouse for Mars or for a habitat on the Moon's surface.
- System engineering and development of technology for water recycling and treatment systems.
- System engineering and development of technology for organic waste recycling and treatment systems.
- Development of sensors for microbial and biomass monitoring and detection.
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