CASIS, NCATS Announce ISS Funding Opportunities in Human Physiology

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., October 5, 2016 (CASIS PR) — The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced a funding opportunity focused on human physiology and disease onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Data from this research — which will feature “tissue chips” (or “organs-on-chips”) — will help scientists develop and advance novel technologies to improve human health. This announcement is part of a four-year collaboration through which NCATS will provide up to $12 million in funding to use tissue chip technology for translational research onboard the ISS National Laboratory for the benefit of human health on Earth.

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CASIS Appoints Randy Giles as Chief Scientist

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., October 4, 2016 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced today that Dr. Randy Giles, a world-renowned scientist, thought leader in optical technologies, and elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, has joined CASIS as chief scientist.

In this role, Dr. Giles will lead the scientific research and technology development for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Dr. Giles has spent the past three decades at Bell Labs, where he has led global research and development teams with technologies ranging from medical diagnostics to quantum physics, microelectromechanical systems, and advanced optical networking.

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CASIS, NSF Fund Fluid Dynamics Experiments on ISS

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., September 29, 2016 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced five projects have been awarded from a joint fluid dynamics solicitation for focused research onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory for Earth benefits. Through this partnership, CASIS and NASA will facilitate hardware implementation and on-orbit access to the ISS National Laboratory.  NSF will award $1.5 million total in funding for the selected projects to advance fundamental science and engineering knowledge through microgravity inquiry.

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Surrey Satellite, NanoRacks Team for 100-kg Satellite Deployments from ISS

nano_racks_logoENGLEWOOD, Colo., August 9, 2016 (SST-US PR)— Seeking to expand the satellite launching capabilities of the International Space Station, Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) has signed a contract with NanoRacks LLC for future flights of a 100-kilogram-class satellite platform specifically developed by SST-US for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) using the NanoRacks Kaber deployment system.

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Marvel Creates Rocket and Groot Mission Patch for ISS National Lab

Rocket_Groot_National_LabKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced the unveiling of its latest mission patch, designed by Marvel and its Marvel Custom Solutions Group. The mission patch developed by Marvel represents all payloads intended for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2016. CASIS is the organization responsible for overseeing research to benefit life on Earth using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. The announcement was made at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA.

Marvel Custom Solutions works with a variety of partners to bring its characters to life in products outside of Marvel comic books, and through its partnership with CASIS, Rocket and Groot from the popular series Guardians of the Galaxy will now adorn a mission patch for the ISS National Lab.

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Made In Space to Demonstrate Manufacture of Exotic Optical Fiber in Space

Credit: Made in Space
Credit: Made in Space

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (Made in Space PR0) — Made In Space, Inc. (Made In Space) and Thorlabs, Inc. (Thorlabs) will send a microgravity-optimized, miniature fiber drawing system to the International Space Station (ISS) to manufacture high-value-to-mass ZBLAN optical fiber via a user agreement with The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS).

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CASIS Announces 12 New Research Awards

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (July 13, 2016) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced it has awarded 12 research agreements within the fields of Earth observation, education, physical and life sciences that will provide researchers access to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory and its microgravity environment. Multiple payloads will originate as ground-based inquiry with the potential to evolve into a follow-on flight project. As the manager of the ISS National Laboratory, CASIS collaborates with NASA to make the orbiting facility available to researchers whose work would benefit from a microgravity setting and contribute to the improvement of life on Earth.

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CASIS, NIH Sign MOU to Study Human Physiology on ISS

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 12, 2016 (CASIS PR) — The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have established a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to fund research into human physiology and disease on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Data from this research — which will feature “Tissue Chips” (or “organs-on-chips”) — will help scientists develop and advance novel technologies to improve human health.

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NASA Challenge Aims to Grow Human Tissue to Aid in Deep Space Exploration

A stack of active tissue culture flasks in a temperature controlled compartment. (Credit: NASA)
A stack of active tissue culture flasks in a temperature controlled compartment. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition.

The Vascular Tissue Challenge offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically-functional human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment.

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CASIS Announces $1 Million In Grant Awards For Organs-On-Chips Challenge

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL., June 13, 2016 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced it has awarded $1 million in grant funding to two research entities stemming from its 3D Microphysiological Systems for Organs-On-Chips Grand Challenge. CASIS is the organization tasked with managing and promoting research onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. This announcement builds on today’s White House Organ Summit, for which it intends to inform the public on the increasing access to organ transplants and reducing the organ waiting list.

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Researchers to Test How Solids Dissolve in Space

The experiment module provides a field of view of six mixing vials at a time. (Credit: Zin Technologies)
The experiment module provides a field of view of six mixing vials at a time. (Credit: Zin Technologies)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Anyone who has been sick before knows you want relief as quickly as possible. An investigation soon taking place aboard the International Space Station could help bring that relief by improving design of tablets used to deliver medicine into the human body. The Hard to Wet Surfaces research looks at liquid-solid interactions and how certain pharmaceuticals dissolve, which may lead to more potent and effective medicines in space and on Earth.

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Scientists See the Details with High-Resolution Crystals

Multi-chamber crystallization plate with porous plastic inserts placed in the precipitant reservoirs to reduce wicking. (Credit: Kristofer Gonzalez-DeWhitt)
Multi-chamber crystallization plate with porous plastic inserts placed in the precipitant reservoirs to reduce wicking. (Credit: Kristofer Gonzalez-DeWhitt)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Protein crystals tend to grow larger and more perfectly in space than on Earth, where gravity and other forces interfere. For scientists studying protein crystal structures, the difference is like watching high-definition television on a large screen versus standard-definition on a tiny screen.

“If you’re watching a hockey game on a small screen at low resolution, you can see the players and hockey sticks and maybe, just maybe, the puck moving around,” said Kristofer Gonzalez-DeWhitt, a scientist at Eli Lilly and Company. “But in high resolution on a large screen, you can see sweat on a player’s face.”

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NanoRacks Deploys More than 100 CubeSats from ISS

In February 2014, Planet Labs Inc. launched its first flock of Dove nanosatellites into space. Shown are two shoebox-sized Doves being ejected into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station. The company’s goal is for the flock to take a high-resolution snapshot of nearly the entire globe every 24 hours. (Credit: NASA)
In February 2014, Planet Labs Inc. launched its first flock of Dove nanosatellites into space. Shown are two shoebox-sized Doves being ejected into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON, May 20, 2016 (NanoRacks PR) —On May 18, 2016 the 111th customer CubeSat was deployed from the Company’s NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) via the JAXA KIBO airlock on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Clyde Space ‘Catapults’ to More Success

clyde_spaceGLASGOW, Scotland (Clyde Space PR) — Clyde Space, Scotland’s leading-edge space technology company, is to provide the satellites for a new pilot programme offering quick, regular and more affordable access to space.

The Glasgow-based company announced today it has been commissioned by the Satellite Applications Catapult and Innovate UK to build four CubeSats for the £1.5 million project.

The satellites will eventually be launched from the International Space Station (ISS) in an ‘in-orbit demonstration’ (IOD) of technical and business propositions that have a high projected return on investment. The Launch opportunities from the ISS are provided by NanoRacks, via its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s U.S. National Lab.

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CASIS Releases Report on Earth Observation From ISS

CASIS_Campaign_Good_Earth_CoverEXPLORATION PARK, Fla. (CASIS PR) — The ISS provides a unique vantage point for Earth observation, and the ISS infrastructure itself provides many advantages as a robust platform for sensor deployment. Information gathered from ISS remote sensing applications have proven invaluable to resource management, environmental monitoring, geologic and oceanographic studies, and assistance with disaster relief efforts.

Recently, CASIS commissioned a study to evaluate the specific capabilities and limitations of the ISS as a host for commercial remote sensing payloads. A full report from this study is now available and is meant to initiate a path toward optimal use of the ISS National Lab as a platform for project implementation and technology development.

The report includes:

  • Expert contacts from NASA, CASIS, commercial leaders, and government agencies
  • Recommendations for how to support humanitarian and educational enrichment
  • Implementation strategies for hardware and technology adaptation on the ISS
  • Details on current and planned missions, data sources, and validation requirements

Download the report today.