38 – The Glovebox – A Laboratory in Space

Discovery Trail 38 (Heinz Wolff Ground Floor, original Glovebox, display case)

38 Glovebox 2AThe Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, founded by Professor Heinz Wolff in 1983, researches how human beings can survive in hostile environments.

Most of the Institute’s early work had a major impact on space science and engineering. The Institute developed the space laboratory Glovebox (GBX), filters, sensors, the scavenge pump and other items which contributed towards the success of the first United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML‑1), which flew on the STS-50 Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1992.

It enabled scientists to perform fluid and material science experiments safely without contaminating the closed environment of Spacelab and endangering the crew. The Glovebox team led by Professor Ian Sutherland included Jane Babb, Tony Anson, Lin Bingham, Lee Janawy, David Hawes, Justin Halls, Larry Ryan and Professor Heinz Wolff.

Professor Heinz Wolff was also involved with the Juno Project. He managed the whole science programme that was carried out in the spacecraft.

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