KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (FL), October 1, 2021 (CASIS PR) – On September 30, SpaceX completed its 23rd Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) when its Dragon spacecraft safely splashed into the water off the coast of Florida. SpaceX CRS-23, contracted by NASA, brought back more than 25 payloads representing science and technology demonstrations sponsored by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. These investigations aim to leverage the unique space-based environment of the orbiting platform to bring value to our nation and drive a robust market in low Earth orbit.
Below highlights some of the ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations that returned on SpaceX CRS-23.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — Social media users are invited to register to take part in another global virtual NASA Social for the next SpaceX delivery of NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s 23rd Commercial Resupply Services mission is targeted to launch at 3:37 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting Saturday, Aug. 28, at 3:37 a.m. EDT to launch its 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff will be from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting Saturday, Aug. 28, to launch its 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Dragon spacecraft is scheduled for liftoff at 3:37 a.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
WASHINGTON (FAA PR) – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can now track a space launch or reentry vehicle in near-real time as it travels through the National Airspace System. This new capability increases safety for all airspace users and assists the FAA in efficiently managing air traffic during space operations.
The Space Data Integrator (SDI) prototype automates the delivery of vehicle-related telemetry data to the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center. This vastly improves the FAA’s situational awareness of where the vehicle is as it travels to space or as it returns to the Earth. In addition to existing tools, the FAA also can use SDI to manage air traffic more efficiently as a space operation progresses and address contingencies in the event of an anomaly during a mission.
SpaceX dominated, China surged and Russia had another clean sheet as American astronauts flew from U.S. soil again in a year of firsts.
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by Douglas Messier Managing Editor
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a very busy launch year with a number of firsts in both human and robotic exploration. A total of 114 orbital launches were attempted, with 104 successes and 10 failures. It was the same number of launches that were conducted in 2018, with that year seeing 111 successes, two failures and one partial failure.
SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — On June 3, hundreds of tiny worms are being flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of an experiment to understand more about human muscle loss and how to prevent it.
Funded by the UK Space Agency, a team of scientists led by scientists from Nottingham and Exeter University, with hardware designed by Oxford-based Kayser Space, aims to determine the causes of muscle changes during spaceflight and find ways to mitigate these biological changes.
Discovering more about muscle loss in space will expand our understanding of how ageing affects our muscles; this could lead to more effective therapies and new treatments for muscular dystrophies here on Earth.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Nexus Inc. PR) –Nexus Inc. (“Nexus”), a deep tech digital asset management firm that develops and executes Internet of Things-centred solutions for online platforms and institutions around the globe, is pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first ethereum blockchain network onboard the International Space Station, with the sole objective of providing clients with ultra-secure cryptocurrency transactions against terrestrial hackers.
Executed from Nexus’s trusted ground-based interface terminal which has an uplink-downlink latency of at least 8 hours, the deceleration of the transaction speed, resulting in transmission delays in order to execute multisignature protocols, are key to defeating theft and fraud. Employing the mechanism of 2 out of 3 multisignature keys will ensure that if one authentication key is compromised, the funds transaction remains safe and unscathed. Additionally, Nexus’s blockchain payload caps no more than 100 transactions per transmission, further augmenting an already existing multiple layers of security.
NEW YORK (Colgate-Palmolive PR)– Today Colgate-Palmolive(Colgate)announced plans to send the first-ever private sector oral care experiment to the International Space Station (ISS), under the sponsorship of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory (National Lab). Driven by innovation and committed to take oral care research and development to new heights, Colgate designed the experiment to learn more – in a unique microgravity environment – about the bacteria that affect oral and overall health. The experiment will travel to the orbiting laboratory aboard SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission (SpaceX CRS-22), contracted by NASA, in the Dragon spacecraft launching no earlier than June 3, 2021 from Kennedy Space Center, FL.
“Colgate’s purpose is to reimagine a healthier future for all people, their pets and the planet,” says Pat Verduin, Chief Technology Officer at Colgate-Palmolive. “We constantly strive to push the limits of research and development – and now we’re pushing even further, into space. Our unique partnership with ISS National Lab and the University of Nevada – Las Vegas will help us go beyond what’s expected, beyond what’s known and even beyond our planet to test and accelerate the science of oral health,” saysVerduin.
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — The 22nd SpaceX cargo resupply mission carrying scientific research and technology demonstrations launches to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida no earlier than June 3. Experiments aboard include studying how water bears tolerate space, whether microgravity affects symbiotic relationships, analyzing the formation of kidney stones, and more.
Highlights of the payloads on this resupply mission include:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 6, 2021 (Redwire PR) – Redwire, a new leader and innovator in mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy, announced today that it has successfully delivered the first pair of International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) to Boeing, NASA’s prime contractor for space station operations. The delivery follows acceptance testing comprised of multiple ambient functional deployments, vibration, and cold and hot temperature deployments. The solar arrays are currently undergoing flight package integration and are slated to launch on SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., February 9, 2021 (CASIS PR) – Astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) are currently supporting two investigations sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory that are focused on microbial research. The space station’s unique microgravity environment allows investigators to conduct fundamental research not possible on Earth that may yield valuable insights in the life sciences, ultimately leading to applications to benefit humans on Earth.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., January 14, 2021 (CASIS PR) – SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft splashed down safely off the coast of Florida last night, concluding a month-plus stay at the International Space Station (ISS) to bring back thousands of pounds of scientific research and cargo.
With this successful splashdown, SpaceX completed its 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the orbiting laboratory for NASA. This also marks the first mission of the upgraded Dragon cargo spacecraft with double the powered locker capacity of previous capsules, allowing for even more research to travel back to Earth for analysis.