SORA Payload: Stratospheric Organisms and Radiation Analyzer
De La Peña, Dorian
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SORA’s scientific objectives are to design and build a novel system that will isolate surrounding air and sample for cells, utilize the onboard sensors to analyze exposure to solar and cosmic radiation that microorganisms may encounter, monitor the environmental conditions such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. Payload will sample for: Existence of microorganisms. Bacterial spores in the upper atmosphere. Environmental data such as radiation exposure, temperature, pressure and humidity. All integration, thermal and vacuum testing has now been concluded and the payload is deemed flight ready. Final flight preparations are being made for the mission during the first week of September.