NASA Selects Proposals for In-Space Development of Optical Fibers, Stem Cells and More

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Removing the force of gravity from development processes can lead to products that are higher quality, have fewer defects, and are more effective than when developed on Earth. Companies are demonstrating these improved results can be achieved in the unique microgravity environment on the International Space Station (ISS), which orbits about 250 miles above the planet.

The research opportunities that have demonstrated the unique market value of in-space manufacturing, technology advancement and drug development have come through NASA’s investment in dedicating transportation and research time for ISS National Lab investigations.

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SpaceX Dragon Returns ISS National Lab-sponsored Payloads to Earth

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., April 7, 2020 (ISS National Lab PR) – SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down today off the coast of California, bringing back dozens of research investigations sponsored by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.

The successful splashdown and science return marks the completion of SpaceX’s 20th commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the space station (contracted by NASA) to send critical research and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. The Dragon spacecraft spent approximately 30 days berthed to the space station before returning to Earth.

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Findings & Recommendations on ISS National Laboratory

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

International Space Station (ISS) Cooperative Agreement
Independent Review Team

Final Report to NASA
Delivered February 4, 2020

Full Report

Consolidated Findings and Recommendations

FINDINGS

Finding 1.1: The ISS National Laboratory (ISSNL) was created as a broad-based research facility, but NASA reduced ISS research in 2004-2005 to focus on human health and safety. Congress did not want to lose the broad research facility for activities in low Earth orbit (LEO) and the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications (SLPSRA) Division of Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) did not exist at the time of the original legislation. Consequently, there is now a NASA division tasked with enabling research activities that potentially overlap with the ISSNL. Both SLPSRA and Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) perceive that they often operate in competition with one another for crew time, critical on-orbit facilities and “credit” for research results.

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3D Printing, Biology Research Make the Journey Back to Earth Aboard SpaceX’s Dragon

Christina Koch handles media bags that enable the manufacturing of organ-like tissues using the BioFabrication Facility. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — On March 9, 2020, a Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying dozens of scientific experiments as a part of SpaceX’s 20th cargo resupply mission. Now, Dragon heads home. On April 7, it is scheduled to undock from station, bringing samples, hardware and data from completed investigations back to Earth on its return trip.

Here are details on some of the investigations returning to the ground for further analysis and reporting of results.

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Startups Launch Innovative R&D on SpaceX CRS-20 to Improve Patient Care on Earth

Falcon 9 lifts off with the the cargo Dragon CRS-20 mission. (Credit: NASA webcast)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. March 6, 2020 (ISS National Lab PR)  – What if the next breakthrough to improve patient care on Earth came from research off of Earth—in space? Three biotechnology startups have launched research to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, tackling a broad range of patient care objectives—from next-generation diagnostic tools to drug discovery and improved devices for drug delivery.

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Cygnus to Carry Multiple R&D Payloads Sponsored by the ISS National Lab

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (FL), January 30, 2020 (ISS National Lab) – Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft will be packed with a wide variety of research investigations for its 13th commercial resupply services mission (contracted by NASA) to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch—which is slated for no earlier than Sunday, February 9 at 5:39 p.m. EST from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia—will carry a diverse set of research and technology development projects sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory. This launch represents the first commercial resupply services mission to the ISS in 2020.

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ISS National Lab Announces Annual Public Meeting Set for Feb. 7

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., January 9, 2020 (ISS U.S. National Laboratory PR) – The board of directors and executive management for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory have announced that the 2020 Public Meeting will take place on February 7, 2020 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

This annual event provides an opportunity for organizational leadership to brief the public on the progress of the ISS National Lab, hear from research partners leveraging the orbiting laboratory, and field questions from meeting attendees and the public. Additionally, organizational leadership will provide a prospective look at the long-term goals for enhancing the research and technology development portfolio of the ISS National Lab.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Center for Space Education at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. Seating will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those not able to attend in person, a live webcast of the meeting will also be available. Those interested in attending the meeting in person or via the webcast are required to preregister. In-person attendees are required to register no later than close of business on February 4 to ensure free parking and access to the Center for Space Education at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. To preregister, please visit the 2020 Public Meeting website.

During the meeting, time will be allotted for public comment and questions to the ISS National Lab board of directors and executive management. Those physically in attendance will have the opportunity to provide direct questions and/or comments.

Those unable to attend in person may submit questions and/or comments prior to the Public Meeting by emailing PMQuestions@issnationallab.org. Submitted questions may be addressed during the meeting. Questions and/or comments must be submitted no later than close of business on February 3. All submitted questions will be posted on the Public Meeting website and will receive an answer in a timely manner.

Following the Public Meeting on February 7, the ISS National Lab will also host an Implementation Partner and Commercial Service Provider Workshop. This workshop is open to all companies currently conducting business on the space station.

About the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory

In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the ISS as the nation’s newest national laboratory to optimize its use for improving quality of life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by non-NASA U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The ISS National Lab manages access to the permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space.

UrtheCast to Place Sensors on U.S. Segment of ISS

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VANCOUVER, JULY 16 2014 (UrtheCast PR) – UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or “theCompany”) is very pleased to announce that pursuant to its agreement with NanoRacks, LLC it plans to dramatically expand its Earth Observation data stream by operating state-of-the-art sensors on the NASA segment of the International Space Station (ISS).

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CASIS Welcomes Carolyn Ticknor as Newest Board Member

Carolyn Ticknor
Carolyn Ticknor

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. , January 24, 2014 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, has inducted Carolyn Ticknor to the organization’s Board of Directors. Earlier this month, CASIS welcomed the addition of four other new board members, which brings its total board member count to twelve.

The induction of Ms. Ticknor brings expertise and leadership in the field of high-tech commercialization to a board already comprised of distinguished scientists, academic administrators, entrepreneurs and business executives. The establishment of sound leadership has been critical to the overall success of CASIS in attracting new and out-of-the-box research opportunities since the original board members were inducted in late 2012.

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