The SLSL is a world-class laboratory funded by the State of Florida, through
Space Florida. The initial cost was in excess of $30 million. The SLSL, which
opened for business in 2003, has all the capability and systems necessary to host
International Space Station experiment processing as well as associated biological
and life sciences research. Areas include Biotechnology, Microgravity, Space Agriculture,
Biomedicine, Conservation Biology, and Microbial Ecology.
This unique facility serves as the initial phase of a new 400-acre Research and Technology Park atKennedy Space Center,
set to be called “Exploration Park”, which will be developed by
SpaceFlorida. The park will provide an ideal location for businesses and research
groups with a need for close proximity to the launch and landing facilities and
technical capabilities at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
Research is being jointly conducted at the SLSL by NASA and a number of
university-led consortia. This research currently includes – astronaut
bone density loss, Alzheimer’s disease (research sponsored by Space Florida),
studies into ‘closed environments’ for both humans and plants during
long distance space travel, LED lighting systems to increase bioprotective properties
of plants, water recycling, Space Station Lighting Modules (LED replacements for
fluorescent fixtures), payload rack development (Space Florida is currently co-developing
*FASTRACK with NASA), regolith studies for both the Moon and Mars, and studies into
plant diseases as well as the methodologies to be employed for more efficient food
A Partnership between NASA and the State of Florida
The International Space Station is ushering in a new era of space exploration, scientific
research and cooperation. It is fitting that it be accompanied by a new series
of partnerships and collaboration between NASA and the State of Florida thus
creating a vital resource for international and commercial space customers.
Partners currently at the SLSL include KSC NASA, Dynamac Corporation,
Bionetics, University ofFlorida and the Florida Institute of Technology.
The presence of such eminent partners at this cutting edge facility represents
a significant opportunity to enhance commercial and academic access to the spaceport
and the International Space Station.
SLSL FACT SHEET
FASTRACK: A Unique Experiment Platform
*FASTRACK is a universal microgravity experiment rack in development to accommodate
research payloads for parabolic, suborbital and orbital applications. The
project is a joint venture between Space Florida and NASA KSC. The
design and production of the rack has been contracted to Bionetics Corporation and
is being developed at the SLSL
In addition to financially supporting research at the SLSL, Space Florida works
very closely with NASA Education and the Florida Space Grant Consortium to co-sponsor Florida undergraduates
as Interns and Co-Ops each summer. In 2008 for instance, nine interns worked
for a period of ten weeks and each received a stipend of $4,000.00. These internships
provide NASA and partners with the opportunity to measure the achievements and abilities
of young Florida graduates and offer them more permanent positions when
vacancies arise. Each partner's scientific and research intellectual resources enhance
the total knowledge base and expertise of the SLSL and will continue to provide
a solid foundation for a new science, research, and technology development community
The SLSL creates significant opportunities:
- Safe, efficient, world-class experiment processing capabilities for customers
who need to have their research fly in space.
- Unique involvement with the International Space Station for long-term, high
impact, space-related research and development in Florida.
- Expanding opportunities for scientific collaboration between NASA and universities,
and a hands-on mentoring and training facility for students.
- Innovation and promotion of high-tech growth through collaboration of government,
academia, and private industry.
- National recognition for excellence in specific research and technology
For more information about the Space Life Sciences Lab, owned and operated by
Space Florida, please contact us at 321-730-5301.