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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Oct;974:157-63.

ATEN: a new high temperature materials processing facility for the international space station.

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Microgravity Systems, Millenium Biologix Inc., Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


Since the beginning of microgravity materials research, studies of diffusion in liquids have been performed as the typical research that efficiently uses the microgravity environment. Successful experiments in microgravity have demonstrated the ability of the Canadian Microgravity Program (QUEST I, QUELDs I and II) to make significant contributions to this field of international microgravity research. Recently, Millenium Biologix was selected to develop and build the advanced thermal environment facility (ATEN) for the International Space Station. The design of this new processing facility builds on the considerable experience gained in designing and building the QUELD II furnace and developing sealed samples for use on board a manned space platform. The system requirements for ATEN are presented, along with preliminary test data from a prototype furnace.


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