The German experimental equipment, FLUMIAS, contains a confocal fluorescence microscope. // Source: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)


High-resolutionmicroscope foruse on the ISS

The challenge

Commissioned by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt [German Space and Aviation Centre] (DLR), Airbus Defence and Space develops a high-resolution microscope for use on the International Space Station (ISS). The plan is to install the optical device on a centrifuge rotor, enabling examinations of biomedical samples under various conditions of gravitational force.

ISS and ATV-2, 7 March 2011, photographed from the Space Shuttle Discovery // Source: NASA -, Gemeinfrei,

FLUMIAS is entered into the ground model of the TangoLab facility for final tests. At the heart of the instrument lies an innovative fluorescence microscope that will enable 3D models and short videos to be created from its images. // Source: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

The solution

RST Rostock System-Technik accompanied the project phases A (feasibility study) and B (concept phase). Within the course of concept development, our experts addressed the following items specifically: 

  • Electronics of the experiment block 
  • Electronics for the communication module (centrifuge, microscope, European data rack and ground station) 
  • Electronics for the power supply 
  • Overall system software 

Currently, the project is being continued in phases C and D1 in order to prepare the experiment for use on the ISS. 


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