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[b]Fluids Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus-1 (FGBA-1)[/b]
The Fluids Generic Processing Apparatus-1 is the first of three commercial payloads being developed by BioServe Space Technologies. BioServe is a NASA Center for the Commercial Development of Space (CCDS) located at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A consortium of private businesses, universities and government, including The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA; Martin Marietta, Denver, CO; Ohmeda, Boulder, CO; University of Colorado, Boulder; Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and NASA's Office of Space Access and Technology, Washington, DC, have combined resources to sponsor the FGBA commercial program.
The consortium has a major long-range objective in advancing fluid management technology in microgravity. Consistent with this objective, this first BioServe FGBA experiment represents a significant opportunity to obtain fundamental data on containment, manipulation and transfer of pressurized, supersaturated two-phase fluids. During STS-63, this program is expected to further the commercial objectives of The Coca-Cola Company in developing both terrestrial and space applications. The Coca-Cola Company has a strong interest in developing hardware to carbonate water on demand and to mix and dispense beverages with minimal loss of carbonation. Developing technology to accomplish these objectives in microgravity may likely evolve into terrestrial applications that could further the long-range research and development objectives of The Coca-Cola Company.
This flight will provide baseline data on changes in astronauts' taste perception of beverages consumed in microgravity. The beverages to be used in the evaluation are Coca-Cola and diet Coke. The taste perception changes experienced by astronauts on-orbit will be compared to their taste perception of these beverages in matched pre- and post-flight ground controls involving the same crew members.
Dr. George Morgenthaler, Director of the BioServe CCDS, is Program Manager for the FGBA experiment. Drs. Louis Stodieck and Alex Hoehn, also of BioServe, are responsible for mission management. Dr. Ashis Gupta is the principal engineer for this experiment for The Coca-Cola Company.
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