Welcome to the October issue of Space Station Spotlight, a 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.
The ISS National Lab will hold a prelaunch webinar for the upcoming SpaceX CRS-29 cargo resupply mission. On Oct. 31, members of the media will have the opportunity to participate in a live webinar discussing payloads launching on the mission. The public can also view the webinar at www.ISSNationalLab.org/live-stream.
Susan Margulies, who leads NSF’s Directorate for Engineering, authored a perspective piece in the latest issue of Upward , the official magazine of the ISS National Lab, discussing the importance of U.S. government agencies partnering with the ISS National Lab to advance critical research. Margulies also talked about the value of conducting fundamental science in space during a keynote discussion at ISSRDC 2023.
Axiom Space partners with Prada to design future spacesuits. Axiom is one of two suppliers working on new spacesuits for NASA. Through a new partnership with Prada, Axiom Space will leverage the design house’s extensive technical knowledge to develop advanced suits for astronauts to wear on the Moon during the Artemis III mission.
Blue Origin announces its new Blue Ring platform. The new platform will provide in-space logistics and delivery to help address two major challenges in low Earth orbit: growing space infrastructure and increasing mobility in orbit. It will also support a variety of payloads and can help with data relay, in-space cloud computing, and refueling activities.
Northrop Grumman partners with Voyager Space on Starlab. NASA confirmed that Northrop Grumman (NG) will abandon its own future commercial space station to partner with Voyager Space on its planned Starlab. NG will use its Cygnus cargo vehicle to fly to Starlab and will upgrade its onboard systems to make the craft capable of autonomous docking.
Read the new Upward cover story. “Unlocking the Secrets of the Immune System” discusses how researchers from the University of California, San Francisco leveraged the unique space environment for research that could lead to better treatments for patients with immune system dysfunction.
North Carolina students reach for the stars. To inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, STARWard STEM gives students in Cumberland County, North Carolina the opportunity to design experiments to fly to space. Participating students discussed their research at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex ahead of the launch that will carry their experiments to the space station.
Students learn about eclipses through Story Time From Space. NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen read the book “Totality!” from onboard the space station ahead of the annular eclipse that took place on Oct. 14. The book, which teaches kids about solar eclipses, was written by Jeffrey Bennett. Bowen also conducted science demonstrations on the science behind eclipses.