The Refrigerator/Incubator Module (R/IM) is a temperature-controlled holding unit flown in the Shuttle middeck. It can be used in place of a standard middeck stowage locker or mounted to the Spacelab Middeck Experiment rack.
The R/IM uses a solid-state heat pump to maintain a cooled or heated internal environment. A fan circulates cabin air through the heat pump/heat sink and is exhausted through ducts in the top and bottom surfaces of the unit's outer shell. Air is not circulated within the internal cavity. A vent valve on the front door automatically controls internal pressure. To accommodate experiments, rail guides and fasteners are provided as a means of mounting up to six shelves of experiment hardware. The interior of the R/IM is divided into two holding cavities.
Dimensions: 46 x 47.6 x 27.3 cm
Weight: 19.35 kg
Power: 84 W @ 28 ± 4 VDC
Related Ground-Based Hardware
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