NASA has used MicroFab’s microdispensers in the initial tests in microgravity environment on a reduced gravity parabolic orbit flight. The Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS) projects is exploring the characteristics of freely suspended liquid crystals in a microgravity environment. MicroFab’s ink-jet dispensers were used to deposit droplets on a liquid crystal surface. The dispensers will be implemented on the equipment that will fly on the International Space Station in 2014 where the complete experiments will take place. The image on the right shows the bubble chamber using MicroFab’s ink-jet dispensers.

December 2011