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Clinostats and Centrifuges of the Gravitational Biology group
The Next Generation Short-Arm Human Centrifuge
With the Next Generation Short-Arm Human Centrifuge the DLR is equipped with a new Artificial Gravity Training Device as well as an outstanding scientific platform to investigate the effects of artificial gravity and hypergravity. The system is specially designed to perform complex training exercises, capture and analyze motion sequences and to conduct sensitive measurements (e.g. ultrasound examination) while spinning.
A photomultiplier clinostat enables the measurement of bioluminescent signals (e.g., in cell culture) under simulated microgravity conditions.
A clinostat microscope enables the online observation in simulated microgravity.
Submersed 2D Clinostat
For studies of aquatic systems a clinostat with the possibility to submerse the experimental set-up has been constructed.
Random Positioning Machine (RPM)
The desktop RPM (Dutchspace, The Netherlands) allows the exposition of different model systems, e.g., 3D cell cultures under defined lab conditions.
2D Clinostat for Pipettes
For the exposure of non-adherent samples (cell cultures) to simulated microgravity conditions this device has been constructed. 10 1ml plastic pipettes (Ø3.5mm) filled with the samples run in parallel inside of an incubator.
Adherent samples (cell cultures) can be grown in slideflasks and are mounted on the rotation axis of our slideflask clinostat.
Multi-Sample Incubation Centrifuge (MuSIC)
For incubation during hypergravity conditions of cell cultures, plants or aquatic systems different inserts have been constructed for the incubation centrifuge MuSIC.
Horizontal Confocal Microscope
This device is dedicated to observe online how gravity influences, e.g., plant growth and the behavior of free-moving organisms.
Centrifuge Microscope NIZEMI
The slow rotating centrifuge NIZEMI (Zeiss Axioskop, Zeiss, Germany) has been successfully used for threshold studies on various biological systems during the space mission IML 2 in 1994.
PD Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Hemmersbach
Head of the Department of Gravitational Biology / Acting Head of the Institute
German Aerospace Center
Institute of Aerospace Medicine
Tel.: +49 2203 601-3094
Fax: +49 2203 601-2444
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