Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Northrop Grumman CRS-15: Redwire Crystallization Facility – ISS National Lab
On Northrop Grumman CRS-15, Redwire will launch its sixth commercial facility to the International Space Station, the Industrial Crystallization Facility (ICF). The ICF will provide a space-based platform for the growth and formulation of centimeter-scale single crystals and other exotic materials for use in the optics and sensor industries. Validation of the ICF will also provide a proof of concept for applied industrial materials production in microgravity, which will be an important in-orbit research and development capability in the future. Learn more about this facility, and how it may support future research and development in low Earth orbit.
** Northrop Grumman CRS-15: Research Overview – ISS National Lab
Learn highlights of ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations that are part of the Northrop Grumman CRS-15 mission to the space station. This mission will bring with it several technology development demonstrations to the orbiting laboratory. This video provides a snapshot on some of the unique investigations that will be performed on the space station over the coming weeks and months.
** NLRA 2021-3: Technology Advancement and Applied Research on the ISS National Lab Webinar – ISS National Lab
** Expedition 64 Spacewalk 71 and 72 Preview Briefing – February 24, 2021 – NASA Video
At the Johnson Space Center, Houston, NASA managers and flight controllers previewed a pair of upcoming spacewalks by Expedition 64 crewmembers outside the International Space Station during a briefing Feb. 24. ISS Deputy Program Manager Kenny Todd, spacewalk flight directors Marcos Flores and Chris Edelen and spacewalk officer Art Thomason discussed a spacewalk on Feb. 28 by NASA Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Victor Glover to begin the installation of hardware that will support upgraded solar array components to be delivered to the station later this year. They also provided a rundown of activities during a March 5 spacewalk by Rubins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi to upgrade other external systems on the orbital outpost.
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