Alpha Space, NASA Sign Agreement for Materials Research Facility on ISS

Ntional concept for MISSE, a materials research flight facility on the ISS, built in cooperation with NASA. On the left is the closed sample carrier; on the right shows the sample carrier opened. (Credit: Alpha Space)
Notional concept for MISSE, a materials research flight facility on the ISS, built in cooperation with NASA. On the left is the closed sample carrier; on the right shows the sample carrier opened. (Credit: Alpha Space)

HOUSTON – Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance (Alpha Space), a newly formed spin-off company of MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT), announced today that a cooperative agreement has been signed with NASA to conduct a commercial project that will lead to the development, integration, deployment and operation of the Materials International Space Station (ISS) Experiment (MISSE) materials research flight facility on the ISS. The period of performance is through June 30, 2024 with the expectation to operate through the life of the ISS.

“The MISSE materials research flight facility will be the first facility in the world to offer pure materials science research to the commercial sector,” said Alpha Space Operations Manager, Darrin Walker.  “Our cooperative agreement with NASA will allow MISSE to host up to twelve sample carriers around a central tower to serve the experiment community.”

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NASA Flies Material Sciences Test Aboard X-37B

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WASHINGTON
, May 6, 2015 (NASA PR)
– Building on more than a decade of data from International Space Station (ISS) research, NASA is expanding its materials science research by flying an experiment on the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane.

By flying the Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space (METIS) investigation on the X-37B, materials scientists have the opportunity to expose almost 100 different materials samples to the space environment for more than 200 days. METIS is building on data acquired during the Materials on International Space Station Experiment (MISSE), which flew more than 4,000 samples in space from 2001 to 2013.

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CASIS Seeks Materials Science Research Proposals

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL., April 28, 2014 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today issued a solicitation for proposals for materials science onboard the International Space Station (ISS). CASIS is the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks flight research investigations that develop new or improve existing materials that will have direct terrestrial benefit. CASIS is targeting proposals for materials science in the areas of microstructure study, crystallization, and other phase transitions. Both internal and external hardware platforms are available for use to further understand the synthesis and properties of new and existing materials.

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