Tag: microgravity experiments

Commercial Crew’s Role in Path to Mars

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By Steven Siceloff,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The spacecraft, rockets and associated systems in development for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program are critical links in the agency’s chain to send astronauts safely to and from the Red Planet in the future, even though the commercial vehicles won’t venture to Mars themselves. The key is reliable access to the International Space Station as a test bed.

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Virgin Galactic, ALTEC Sign MOU to Study Italian Spaceport

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SpaceShipTwo glides over the Mojave Desert after being released from its WhiteKnightTwo mother ship. (Credit; Virgin Galactic)

SpaceShipTwo glides over the Mojave Desert after being released from its WhiteKnightTwo mother ship. (Credit; Virgin Galactic)

ROME (ASI PR)– ALTEC S.p.A., the Italian engineering and logistics service provider for the International Space Station, and Virgin Galactic LLC, the US spaceflight company within the Virgin Group, announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed to study experimental sub-orbital spaceflight in Italy.

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Samples Exposed on ISS Exterior Returned to Japanese Researchers

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Samples of QCC after exposure photographed in Kibo (Credit: JAXA/NASA)

Samples of QCC after exposure photographed in Kibo (Credit: JAXA/NASA)

Samples exposed to the space environment return to researchers

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — The first samples that had been attached to the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) for exposure in the space environment were returned to Earth at the end of August, and then later handed over to researchers at the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) on September 20.

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NanoRacks NextGen Platforms and External CubeSat Deployer Arrive at Space Station

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nano_racks_logoHOUSTON, Texas, October 24, 2016 (NanoRacks PR) – Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) Sunday early morning after launching Monday night from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

Onboard Cygnus are four of Spire’s LEMUR-2 CubeSats in a NanoRacks External Deployer, and Black Box, NanoRacks’ NextGen research platform.

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Cygnus Carries Science Experiments to Space Station

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A burning heptane droplet during the Flame Extinguishing Experiments investigation on the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

A burning heptane droplet during the Flame Extinguishing Experiments investigation on the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (NASA PR) — Orbital ATK sent new science experiments to the International Space Station on Sunday aboard its sixth Commercial Resupply Services (CSR) mission. The Cygnus spacecraft blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia atop an Antares rocket, carrying supplies for the crew along with dozens of experiments, including studies on fire in space, the effect of lighting on sleep and daily rhythms, collection of health-related data, and a new way to measure neutrons.

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CASIS Appoints Randy Giles as Chief Scientist

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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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Airbus Signs First Customer for New ISS Hosted Payload Platform

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bartolomeo platform on ISS. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

bartolomeo platform on ISS. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Airbus Defence & Space PR) — Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, and Neumann Space, an Australian Space technology company, have signed the very first agreement for a hosted payload aboard the new Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS) during this week’s IAC Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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CASIS, NSF Fund Fluid Dynamics Experiments on ISS

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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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Sierra Nevada, UN Announced Dedicated Dream Chaser Mission

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Dream Chaser spacecraft in orbit. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Dream Chaser spacecraft in orbit. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., September 27, 2016 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission at the International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico. The dedicated Dream Chaser® Mission is targeted at providing developing countries the opportunity to develop and fly microgravity payloads for an extended duration in orbit; however, all United Nations Member States will be able to propose payloads for the mission.

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DNA Sequenced in Space for First Time

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NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins sequenced DNA in space for the first time ever for the Biomolecule Sequencer investigation, using the MinION sequencing device. (Credit: NASA)

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins sequenced DNA in space for the first time ever for the Biomolecule Sequencer investigation, using the MinION sequencing device. (Credit: NASA)

 HOUSTON (NASA PR) — For the first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this weekend aboard the International Space Station. The ability to sequence the DNA of living organisms in space opens a whole new world of scientific and medical possibilities. Scientists consider it a game changer.

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NanoRacks External Experiments Platform Installed on ISS

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ISS external experiments platform (Credit: NASA)

ISS external experiments platform (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 9, 2016 (NanoRacks PR)  – NanoRacks’ commercial gateway to space is officially open for business. The NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) has been placed outside of the International Space Station (ISS) on the JEM Exposed Facility.

The self-funded NREP is the first-ever commercial gateway-and-return to the extreme environment of space. Following the CubeSat form factor, payloads can now experience the microgravity, radiation and other harsh elements native to the space environment, observe earth, test sensors, materials, and electronics, all while having the opportunity to return the payload back to Earth.

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Russia to Send 3D Bio-Printer to Space Station

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

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

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — ACCD (United Rocket and Space Corporation, is a state corporation “Roscosmos”) has signed an agreement with the company “3D Bioprinting Solutions”, a resident of “Skolkovo” innovation center, the cooperation within the framework of which it is planned to create a unique bioprinter magnetic biofabrikatsii tissue and organ constructs in weightlessness on the International Space Station (ISS).

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TangoLab-1 Installed on International Space Station

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Astronaut Jeff Williams installs TangoLab-1 aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Space Tango)

Astronaut Jeff Williams installs TangoLab-1 aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Space Tango)

LEXINGTON, KY (Space Tango PR) — At approximately 4:45am EDT Monday, August 1, American Astronaut Jeff Williams, onboard the International Space Station (ISS), permanently installed TangoLab-1. The installation follows the successful SpaceX CRS-9 launch on July 18, 2016 from Kennedy Space Center.

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

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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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TangoLab-1 Headed for International Space Station

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Falcon 9 launches the Dragon CRS-9 mission to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

Falcon 9 launches the Dragon CRS-9 mission to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Space Tango PR) — Space Tango today announced that TangoLab-1 is now successfully on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the SpaceX CRS-9 mission launched early this morning from Kennedy Space Center.

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