Welcome to Space Station Spotlight, a new monthly newsletter from the ISS National Laboratory. Here’s where you can find all the latest R&D happenings on the space station, see what our partners are up to, and learn how you can elevate your research to new heights by leveraging the unique space environment.
This year’s event includes a dynamic range of topics and speakers, providing an opportunity to network with the trailblazers in space-based R&D and learn how to take your research to new heights.
The mission will include four investigations funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), along with several additional ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations. Among these payloads are biomedical investigations, research from companies to enhance their products, and projects to validate new capabilities for space-based research.
In June, Redwire Space, an ISS National Lab Commercial Service Provider (CSP), was awarded a follow-on contract from Boeing to develop two additional Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) for the ISS. The iROSAs augment the space station’s power supply to support critical research and space operations. Redwire previously developed and delivered six iROSA wings, with the sixth installed by NASA astronauts on June 15.
ISS National Lab Commercial Service Provider BioServe Space Technologies launched a new facility called the BioServe Centrifuge, a mechanical device used to separate substances of differing densities (ranging from DNA to sedimentation samples) for use in several fields of research. Multiple forthcoming investigations will utilize the BioServe Centrifuge.
The ISS National Lab collaborated with Redwire, Microsoft, and Marvel Studios to promote an education outreach initiative inspired by “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” Redwire will 3D print a Zune on station as part of the initiative, which will include accompanying STEM education materials.
While the economic backdrop remains a source of uncertainty, there are many developments in the space economy to be excited about. Read more in an investment perspective from ISS National Lab Director of Investment and Economic Analysis Sven Eenmaa.
An ISS National Lab research announcement for technology development leveraging the space station is open for concept submission. Through this research announcement, offerors may propose to use the unique ISS environment to develop, test, or mature products and processes that have a demonstrated potential to produce near-term and positive economic impact. Concept Summaries are due August 7, 2023. Learn more here.
In this issue’s cover story, “Going Cool to Go Green,” learn how cool flames—which burn at temperatures much lower than traditional hot flames—could be the key to improving internal combustion engine efficiency and reducing the emission of harmful pollutants.
A student investigation from the Genes in Space program launched on SpaceX CRS-28. High school student Pristine Onuoha designed an experiment to measure the lengthening of telomeres (sections of DNA that protect the chromosomes from damage) in space. Telomeres typically shorten as we age but are known to lengthen during spaceflight and shrink back when astronauts return to Earth. Results could have implications for health care on Earth—read more here.
In two ISS360 articles, students from iLEAD Schools, a network of charter schools in California, discuss their plant science experiments that were done on station. One student team studied the germination of Yuca glauca seeds in space, and the other explored microgravity’s effects on the growth of seagrass. Read these student-authored articles to see how they prepared their research for space and the impact the experience had on them.