Bion-M No.1

Summary

Bion-M No. 1
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Bion-M No.1
Mission typeResearch
OperatorInstitute of Biomedical Problems
Russian Academy of Sciences
COSPAR ID2013-015A[1]
SATCAT no.39130[1]
Websitebiosputnik.imbp.ru/eng/bion.html
Mission duration30 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeBion-M
BusModified Yantar-1KFT (Siluet & Kometa) bus (Hybrid Yantar/Zenit)[1]
ManufacturerTsSKB Progress[2]
Launch mass6,266 kilograms (13,814 lb)[3]
Landing mass2,415 kilograms (5,324 lb)[3]
Power450 W
Start of mission
Launch date19 April 2013, 10:00 (2013-04-19UTC10Z) UTC
RocketSoyuz 2-1a
Launch siteBaikonur 31/6[4]
ContractorRoskosmos
End of mission
Landing date19 May 2013, 03:12 (2013-05-19UTC03:13Z) UTC
Landing site51°53′N 54°20′E / 51.883°N 54.333°E / 51.883; 54.333 (Bion-M No.1 spashdown)
Orenburg, Russia
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLEO
Semi-major axis6,948 kilometres (4,317 mi)[1]
Eccentricity0.0078242
Perigee altitude471 kilometres (293 mi)
Apogee altitude579 kilometres (360 mi)
Inclination64.8766 degrees
Period96.05 minutes[1]
RAAN300.0340 degrees
Argument of perigee185.2934 degrees
Mean anomaly174.7374 degrees
Mean motion15.13569246
Epoch18 May 2013, 23:34:13 UTC[5]
Revolution no.444
 

Bion-M No.1 (Бион-М) is a Russian robotic space mission, part of the Bion series focused on space medicine.

Launch

The animal-carrying space capsule was launched into orbit on 19 April 2013, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Bion-M flew a 30-day mission.[2][3][6][7][8][9][10] The satellite was launched in a ride-share along with 6 small satellites - OSSI-1, Dove-2, AIST 2, BEESat 3, SOMP and BEESat 2.[1]

Return to Earth was on 19 May with a landing near Orenburg in Russia at 03:12 GMT.[11]

Satellite

The satellite has components from two long-standing Soviet spy satellite families. Bion's landing unit is from the Zenit 2M satellite and the satellite also carries an instrument section developed for the Yantar satellite. The satellite was made by TsSKB Progress of Samara.[1][2][12]

The cargo consisted of 45 mice (three per cage), 15 geckos, eight Mongolian gerbils, snails, and fish.[8][9] The animals were intended to survive the entire mission, but upon landing it was found that all gerbils, most of the 45 mice, and all of the fish were dead due to equipment failure. Fifteen of the mice died when the food dispenser in their experimental compartment stopped working. The gerbil compartment suffered a temporary loss of power, ventilation, lighting, and food supply that likely accounts for their demise. Ultimately, all of the remaining animals were euthanized for study.[13] The Bion-M No.1 mission was managed by Roscosmos, but scientists from the United States, Germany, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands and other countries also participated in the experiments.[14]

Organism Number sent Number survived Cause of death[15]
Mongolian gerbils (Meriones ungviculatus) 8 all died Equipment failure[15]
mice (Mus musculus) (C57black/6) 45 16 food supply failure (15), stress[15]
geckos (Chondrodactylus turneri Gray) 15 survived [15]
fish (Oreochromis mossambicus) all died Equipment failure[15]
snails (Helix pomatia Linnaeus) 20[16] survived
other, including microorganisms survived

Research

Example of a Zenit landing vehicle.

Research on the recovered animals revealed insights into the impact of spaceflight on cerebral arteries, the spinal cord, inner ear, and genetic processes. Deputy Director of Russia's Institute of Medical and Biological Studies Vladimir Sychev indicated that some of the results may help explain why some astronauts suffer impaired vision during spaceflight: "We used to think that in zero-gravity, fluid travelled upward and that the quality of blood improved, but it turns out that it is the other way around. The arteries of the brain come under duress and their capacity is reduced by 40 percent." The reduced bloodflow may be key to triggering orthostatic intolerance.[17]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c "Biological space vehicle "Bion-M"". Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Biomedical Problems. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
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  5. ^ Chris Peat. Bion M1. Heavens-Above. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  6. ^ Космический аппарат "Бион-М" № 1 успешно выведен на орбиту (in Russian). Roskosmos. 19 April 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  7. ^ NASA: Space Biosciences Division: Bion-M1 Archived 24 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Space.com: Russia Launches Animals Into Space on One-Month Journey
  9. ^ a b Clark, Stephen. "Russian spacecraft launched with cosmic cache of critters". Spaceflightnow. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  10. ^ Bergin, Chris. "Soyuz 2-1A launches numerous passengers on BION-M spacecraft". nasaspaceflight. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  11. ^ Christy, Robert. "Bion M1 - Return to Earth". Zarya - Soviet, Russian and International Spaceflight. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Space vehicle". Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Biomedical Problems. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  13. ^ Pultarova, Tereza (2013). "Crew of Bion M1 Found Dead upon Landing". Space Safety Magazine. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  14. ^ BION M1. N2YO.COM. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  15. ^ a b c d e Zak, Anatoly. "Bion (12KSM) satellite". RussianSpaceWeb. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  16. ^ Zak, Anatoly. "Bion (12KSM) satellite". RussianSpaceWeb. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  17. ^ Marwaha, Nikita (2013). "In Focus: Why Spaceflight is Becoming Blurrier over Time". Space Safety Magazine. Retrieved 20 October 2013.