Conduct and collaborate in planning and advocacy of research to investigate the effects of the microgravity environment of space on physical, chemical and biological systems. The goal of this research is to develop a spectrum of innovative technologies that support and protect life during all phases of a mission and utilize available resources at their destination by conducting cutting-edge research using the International Space Station, other space platforms, NASA’s unique ground-based low-gravity facilities and ground-based laboratories. The interdisciplinary research encompasses three broad disciplines namely: combustion science; fluid physics and transport phenomena; and bioscience and technology.
Work with the National Center for Microgravity Research on Fluids and Combustion to further the goals of microgravity research and the dissemination of its research findings to the scientific community and the private sector.
During the course of flight experiments, branch members serve as Project Scientists and work closely with Principal Investigators providing in-house technical expertise regarding the scientific content of the experiment, conducting ground-based precursor testing, and assisting in the development of required experiment technologies and diagnostic techniques.
Research Focus Areas
- Biosciences & Technology
- Combustion & Reacting Systems
- Fluid Physics & Transport
- Space Environment & Experiments
Technologies and Products
Fire Prevention, Detection, and Suppression: Promoting safe exploration through understanding how fires originate and propagate in exploration environments and developing new fire prevention, detection, and suppression technologies for spacecraft and habitats enabling exploration with ultimate goal of reducing risk associated with spacecraft fire.
Advance Life Support Technologies: Developing knowledge base and exploration technologies required for open and closed-loop life support systems i.e., water reclamation, thermal control and solid waste management with special emphasis on operation in and compatibility with microgravity and partial-gravity environments.
Human Health and Support Technologies: Innovative technologies for monitoring human health and performance parameters through noninvasive and minimally invasive sensor suites and Web-based control for easy yet privacy protected access by flight physicians and surgeons on ground.
In Situ Resource Utilization: Technologies and knowledge base to extract resources such as oxygen and water from Moon and Mars.
Space Flight Experiment: The Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) is a facilityclass payload consisting of Combustion Integrated Rack and Fluids Integrated Rack to be located in the Destiny Module of the ISS. These racks are designed to support a broad range of combustion and fluid physics research and technology maturation experiments on orbit. FCF allows real-time experiment command and control from ground through GRC.s Telescience Support Center.
Ground-Based Facilities: Unique ground-based facilities include NASA lowgravity aircraft, 5.2-Second Zero-Gravity Facility, and 2.2-Second Drop Tower. Together these offer a unique suite of microgravity and partial-gravity capabilities unmatched in the world.
Bhim S. Singh, Division Chief