The Blood Collection/Preservation/Storage Apparatus (BCPSA) designed to safely preserve of whole blood samples during microgravity conditions. Whole blood is collected into a Monovette containing anticoagulant, and is transferred to a Monovette containing preservative via a novel interlink adaptor. Use of this device is highly advantageous during microgravity or field studies, as it greatly simplifies operations, reduces operator time and improves safety by nearly eliminating exposure to liquid blood samples. This device was validated during microgravity conditions onboard the NASA KC-135 parabolic flight aircraft in 2000, and utilized during the HMP 2002 immune study. Top and lower left: BCPSA in use at Devon Island; lower right: BCPSA evaluation during reduced gravity.
Crucian et al. BMC Immunology 2007 8:7 doi:10.1186/1471-2172-8-7