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Cygnus Launch to Space Station Set for Monday

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Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

ISS Commercial Resupply Services Mission (Orb-3)
Launch Date: 6:45 p.m., Oct. 27, 2014
Launch Site: MARS Pad 0A at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA
Cygnus ISS Rendezvous: November 2, 2014

Following an inspection of the tracking station in Bermuda used for Antares launches after Hurricane Gonzalo, Orbital and NASA together have established October 27 as the launch date for the upcoming Orb-3 Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Lift-off of the Antares rocket is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. (EDT), with rendezvous and berthing with the ISS early in the morning on November 2. Taking advantage of Cygnus’ operational capabilities, Orbital is launching the Orb-3 mission to orbit several days earlier than necessary to preserve schedule flexibility and time its arrival at the station to conform to other visiting vehicle operations.

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CASIS Announces ISS Life Sciences Awards

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casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 23, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced a series of unsolicited investigations focused on life science studies. CASIS is the organization responsible for managing the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.

These unsolicited investigations represent targeted areas of emphasis in the life and biological sciences as determined by the CASIS Science and Technology Advisory Panel as well as the CASIS business development team. CASIS accepts projects through either of two pathways: a traditional, targeted solicitation for grants focused on high priority areas of research and technology development, and a less traditional unsolicited proposal process, whereby any U.S. researcher, academic institution, or commercial organization can submit a white paper describing an experiment that uses the unique environment of the ISS National Lab for Earth benefit. In some instances, CASIS can provide funding for unsolicited proposals based on scientific merit and potential benefit to the American taxpayer.

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CASIS Funds 6 Unsolicited ISS Research Projects

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casis_logo_2KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 16, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced a series of unsolicited investigations focused on physical sciences and Earth observation studies. CASIS is the organization responsible for managing the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.

This series of unsolicited projects represents a wide-ranging set of ISS National Lab investigations. CASIS accepts projects through either of two pathways: a traditional, targeted solicitation for grants focused on high priority areas of research and technology development, and a less traditional unsolicited proposal process, whereby any U.S. researcher, academic institution, or commercial organization can submit a white paper describing an experiment that uses the unique environment of the ISS National Lab for Earth benefit. In some instances, CASIS can provide funding for unsolicited proposals based on scientific merit and potential benefit to the American taxpayer.

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Undermanned ISS Overloaded With Experiments

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Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield maintaining Biolab in Europe’s Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station. Biolab is an experiment workstation tailored for research on biological samples such as micro-organisms, cells, tissue cultures, plants and small invertebrates. The unit features a centrifuge that creates simulated gravity to compare how samples react to weightlessness and artificial gravity. (Credit; NASA)

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield maintaining Biolab in Europe’s Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station. Biolab is an experiment workstation tailored for research on biological samples such as micro-organisms, cells, tissue cultures, plants and small invertebrates. The unit features a centrifuge that creates simulated gravity to compare how samples react to weightlessness and artificial gravity. (Credit; NASA)

Space News reports on a shortage of crew time to conduct experiments aboard the space station:

There are more science experiments headed to the international space station than NASA astronauts have time to conduct, an agency official said here Oct. 7 at a meeting of the National Research Council’s committee on biological and life sciences in space.

“If you ask me, we’re at a crew-time max,” Rod Jones, manager of NASA’s ISS Research Integration Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, said at the meeting. “We are literally going into an increment coming up where we have allocated to us 875 hours [of research time], and I have about 1,400 hours of research.”

This increment, known internally as 43/44, is scheduled to begin in March with the arrival of veteran cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and fellow Expedition 43 crewmates Mikhail Kornienko and NASA’s Scott Kelly, and end in late September or early October when Padalka flies space tourist Sarah Brightman and Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen back home after the first-time spacefliers’ brief visit (Kornienko and Kelly will remain behind for another six months, completing the first one-year stay at ISS)….

With an 875-hour allotment for 1,400 hours of research, crews active in the U.S. side of station for increment 43/44 will dedicate about a fifth of their time in orbit to science but leave more than 20 days worth of research undone by the time they return to Earth. The vast majority of the crew’s remaining waking hours are consumed by the routine maintenance tasks required to keep station habitable and flight-worthy.

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CASIS to Fund 3 ISS Enabling Projects

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casis_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 15, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has announced grant awards for three projects focused on enabling technologies from the International Space Station (ISS). These awards stem from the CASIS Request for Proposals (RFP) “Enabling Technology to Support Science in Space for Life on Earth.” CASIS is the nonprofit organization managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

The purpose of this RFP was to identify and support technology development projects that would enable increased use of ISS for Earth benefits—for example, improvements in hardware/capabilities or methods to improve bandwidth, throughput, or quality of future research projects. Awardees include:

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CASIS Issues RFP for Earth Observation Proposals

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casis_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 14, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today issued a solicitation for flight proposals seeking access to remote sensing capabilities on the International Space Station (ISS) for Earth-based energy applications. CASIS is the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks applications directed towards utilization of the ISS National Lab by commercial and academic investigators for Earth observation research projects in the field of energy. Proposals should seek to use the ISS National Lab as an Earth observation platform for studies with the goal of identifying or improving terrestrial applications for energy capture, storage, and/or sustainability.

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Zero Gravity Solutions Forms Two Subsidiaries

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BOCA RATON, Fla., October 9, 2014 (ZGSI PR) – Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. (ZGSI or the “Company”) (Pink Sheets: ZGSI) announced today that it has established two wholly-owned subsidiaries, BAM Agricultural Solutions, Inc. and Zero Gravity Life Sciences, Inc. BAM Agricultural Solutions has commenced manufacturing, sales and revenue generation through the receipt of commercial-quantity orders for the Company’s first agricultural product, BAM-FX. Zero Gravity Life Sciences will continue ongoing research and development work in conjunction with NASA and other institutions.

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NASA Selects Advanced Oxygen Recovery Proposals for Spacecraft Missions

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NASA astronaut and Expedition 25 commander Doug Wheelock installed the Sabatier system, which extracts more water out of the ISS atmosphere. Sabatier creates water from the byproducts of the station’s Oxygen Generation System and Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly. (Credit: NASA)

NASA astronaut and Expedition 25 commander Doug Wheelock installed the Sabatier system, which extracts more water out of the ISS atmosphere. Sabatier creates water from the byproducts of the station’s Oxygen Generation System and Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected four partners to develop game changing technologies with the potential to increase the oxygen recovery rate aboard human spacecraft to at least 75 percent while achieving high reliability. These oxygen recovery and recycling technologies will drive exploration and enable our human journey to Mars and beyond.

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Next Cygnus Launch to ISS Set for Oct. 24

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Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Orb-3 CRS Mission Update
October 7, 2014
Orbital Press Release

Orbital and NASA today announced an updated schedule for the launch of the Orb-3 cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.  The launch of the Orb-3 mission is now scheduled for October 24, 2014, with a targeted lift-off time of 7:52 p.m. (EDT) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.

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CASIS Releases RFI for Disesase, Drug Screening Research on ISS

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casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (October 7, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today released a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks to identify animal models and cell-based models for use on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory to improve understanding of human disease and drug screening.

Based on responses to this RFI, CASIS plans to issue a future Request for Proposals (RFP) that will provide support for flight research on the ISS National Lab seeking to use animal or cell-based models in microgravity for human disease research that benefits life on Earth.

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