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NASA Tech: Gecko Grippers Moving On Up

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This artist's concept shows how a future robot called LEMUR (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot) could inspect and maintain installations on the International Space Station. The robot would stick to the outside using a gecko-inspired gripping system. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s concept shows how a future robot called LEMUR (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot) could inspect and maintain installations on the International Space Station. The robot would stick to the outside using a gecko-inspired gripping system. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

PASADENA, Calif. (NASA PR) — A piece of tape can only be used a few times before the adhesion wears off and it can no longer hold two surfaces together. But researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working on the ultimate system of stickiness, inspired by geckos.

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NanoRacks External Payload Platform Arrives at ISS

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NanoRacks External Platform (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

NanoRacks External Platform (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

HOUSTON, August 24, 2015 (NanoRacks PR) – The fifth Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) successfully berthed with the International Space Station (ISS) this morning at 6:28 a.m. EST.

On board is the NanoRacks External Payload Platform (NREP) that will be externally mounted to the Station on the JEM facility, and expected to be permanently open for business in spring 2016.

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ISS National Lab Experiments Arrive at Station

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casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL, August 24, 2015 (CASIS PR) - The most recent series of payloads sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5). CASIS is tasked with managing and promoting research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

These ISS National Lab payloads have been delivered in coordination with payload services provider, NanoRacks LLC, a private sector company that operates the only commercial research facility aboard the ISS via a Space Act agreement with NASA. Sponsored payloads that berthed to the ISS on this recent mission include:
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Japanese Cargo Ship Arrives at the Space Station

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NASA PR — The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) arrived at the International Space Station Aug. 24 to deliver almost five tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the Expedition 44 crew. The cargo vehicle was launched atop a Japanese H-IIB rocket Aug. 19 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

CASIS Launches New Web Portal for Space Station Research

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casis_web_portalKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (CASIS PR) — Research in space is already advancing R&D on the ground that will define tomorrow’s world, and our brand new, researcher-centered web portal is your consolidated link to all things ISS. You’ll find virtually all the tools, info, and resources you need to optimize the project development process, give your research a competitive edge, and take the first step toward experiencing what space can do for you.

Ready to explore the new era of science in space for life on Earth? Visit spacestationresearch.com to get started!

Airbus Defence & Space Built NanoRacks External Platform

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NanoRacks External Platform (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

NanoRacks External Platform (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

TOULOUSE, France (Airbus PR) — Airbus Defence and Space has designed and built a payload platform for the International Space Station (ISS) for NanoRacks LLC, a privately-owned US space company. The platform will be installed outside of the ISS, and will be used to carry out multiple experiments to be carried out with a wide variety of payloads in zero gravity conditions.

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Japanese Whisky Experiment Heads for Space Station

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Suntory Whisky display. (Credit: Brian Adler)

Suntory Whisky display. (Credit: Brian Adler)

TOKYO (Suntory PR)–Suntory Global Innovation Center has embarked upon space experiments on the “development of mellowness in alcoholic beverage through the use of a microgravity environment.” This research will be conducted in the International Space Station’s Japanese Experiment Module (nicknamed “Kibo”), with the cooperation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

H-II Transfer Vehicle No. 5, commonly known as “Kounotori5” or HTV5, was launched on Wednesday from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center  carrying alcohol beverages produced by Suntory to the Japanese Experiment Module aboard the International Space Station, where experiments on the “development of mellowness” will be conducted for a period of about one year in Group 1 and for two or more years (undecided) in Group 2.

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ESA CubeSat to Test New Technologies

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Led by Gomspace in Denmark, GOMX-3 is a 3-unit CubeSat mission to demonstrate aircraft ADS-B signal reception and geostationary telecommunication satellite spot beam signal quality using an L-band reconfigurable software defined radio payload. (Credit: ESA)

Led by Gomspace in Denmark, GOMX-3 is a 3-unit CubeSat mission to demonstrate aircraft ADS-B signal reception and geostationary telecommunication satellite spot beam signal quality using an L-band reconfigurable software defined radio payload. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS, 19 August 2015 (ESA PR) — Today’s HTV supply launch from Japan to the International Space Station also marks the arrival in orbit of one of ESA’s smallest missions yet – a CubeSat which will test miniaturised technologies for space, set to be followed by many more in coming years.

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NanoRacks External Platform, 16 CubeSats on Way to ISS

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WEBSTER, Texas (NanoRacks PR) — The NanoRacks External Payload Platform (NREP), manufactured by Airbus DS, and 16 customer CubeSats, were successfully launched to the International Space Station on Wednesday, August 19 via the fifth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Commercial Resupply Mission.

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Japanese Cargo Ship Blasts Off to Space Station

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TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER, Japan (JAXA PR) — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.5 (H-IIB F5) with the KOUNOTORI5 (HTV5, a cargo transfer vehicle to the International Space Station) onboard at 8:50:49 p.m. on August 19 (Wed.) 2015 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 14 minutes and 54 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the KOUNOTORI5 was confirmed.

We would like to express our profound appreciation for the cooperation and support of all related personnel and organizations that helped contribute to the successful launch of the H-IIB F5.

At the time of the launch, the weather was fine, a wind speed was 3.5 meters/second from the south-south-east and the temperature was 27.8 degrees Celsius.