Biological sample: The BASE-C experiment investigates the effects of microgravity on Rhodospirillum rubrum S1H (ATCC25903) an aerobic bacteria strain.

BASE-C experiment: BASE-C studies the effects of space flight conditions on the behaviour of bacteria. The experiment aims to assess how bacteria cope with and adapt to the different space flight environmental parameters (e.g. microgravity, cosmic radiation, space electromagnetism, space vibrations).

Hardware performance: The EU is designed to incubate aerobic bacteria in liquid media. Bacteria cells are activated, incubated and fixed in a fully autonomous way. Aerobic culture
is maintained by a gas permeable membrane. The EU can perform two experiments at the same time. Outcomes are validated by comparison with two reference CC.