Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 63 InFlight Event with ABC and NBC – June 8, 2020
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Flight Engineers Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken of NASA discussed their groundbreaking flight to the orbital outpost on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during a pair of interviews June 8 with ABC News and NBC News. Hurley and Behnken launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket May 30 to the orbital outpost, arriving the next day to join station commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. It was the first launch of American astronauts on a U.S. rocket from U.S. soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in July 2011.
** SpaceX CRS-20 Research Overview: Delta Faucet Company – ISS National Lab
SpaceX CRS-20 will support a variety of research investigations, including a water droplet formation payload of Delta Faucet’s current H2Okinetic® shower head technology versus the industry-standard use of jet nozzles. H2Okinetic® technology allows better control of droplet size and increases the speed of the drops (fewer water drops are used, but the droplets are larger and are moving faster), which creates a feeling of increased pressure for the end user. The study will evaluate how best to control the output of water droplets to create a better performing shower device that provides an improved experience for the end user while also conserving water and energy. This research overview highlights the future investigation.
** SpaceX CRS-20 Research Overview: adidas Boost in Space – ISS National Lab
On SpaceX CRS-20, adidas, the global apparel company will launch its proprietary Boost shoe technology to investigate the flow of nonuniform foam particles to study the mixing and packing behavior in the absence of gravity. Results will help inform the manufacturing process of adidas Boost shoe soles, which contain polymer particles fused together. This overview video provides background on the investigation.
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