Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Science Launching on SpaceX’s 26th Cargo Resupply Mission to the Space Station – NASA
SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission (CRS-26) is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 18.
The Dragon spacecraft carries dozens of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations, including investigations to explore growing plants in space, creating nutrients on-demand, and in-space construction.
** Meet NG-18: The S.S. Sally Ride – Northrop Grumman – Youtube
We’re proud to name our NG-18 #Cygnus spacecraft in honor of astronaut Sally Ride. It’s our tradition to name each Cygnus spacecraft after an individual who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight. Ride was selected in honor of her accomplishment as the first female American to fly in space, as well as her incredible work in creating STEM education opportunities for young girls through her organization, Sally Ride Science.
The Northrop Grumman S.S. Sally Ride Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to lift off on a Antares rocket with the NG-18 re-supply mission no earlier than 5:50 a.m. EST, Nov. 6, 2022 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia: NASA Commercial Resupply Mission NG-18 – Northrop Grumman.
** NG-18 Research: Overview – ISS National Lab – YouTube
Mudslides from forest fires cause catastrophic damage in their wake, and research aimed at predicting and possibly preventing them will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard Northrop Grumman’s 18th Commercial Resupply Services mission (NG-18). This is one of more than 20 investigations sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory flying on this mission.
** NG-18 Research: RedWire BioFabrication Facility – ISS National Lab – YouTube
Space: is it the final frontier, or could it be the new frontier of regenerative medicine? Bioprinting human tissues for implantation in patients to treat injury or disease would be game-changing.
When Northrop Grumman’s 18th Commercial Resupply Services (NG-18) mission launches to the ISS, it will carry an upgraded version of Redwire Space’s BioFabrication Facility, or BFF, a 3D bioprinter capable of printing human tissue. The project, sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory, will pave the way for in-space bioprinting of tissues—and possibly even organs in the future—that could one day help patients back on Earth.
- Redwire Launching Upgraded 3D Bioprinter to Space Station to Investigate New Treatment to Aid Military Service Members, Expands Crop Production Research and Materials Testing on Orbit | Redwire Space
- Redwire Technology Launching on NG-18 Behind Breakthrough Research on the International Space Station | Redwire Space
** Mike Read – What Does The ISS Have To Do With The Commercialization of Space? – Cold Star Technologies – YouTube
Mike Read is in the role of Manager, ISS Business and Economic Development Office at NASA Johnson Space Center. But what does the International Space Station have to do with the commercialization of space? Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Mike:
- You have a non-engineering background yet are in the space field. Tell us about how this happened
- What is the scope of your responsibilities in the ISS Business and Economic Development Office?
- What constitutes a success over the period of a year?
- Can you share some recent wins?
- How long is the ISS expected to be available?
- If/when commercial operators have private space stations in orbit, is NASA expecting to simply be a customer?
- Who do you want to speak with? What makes a good discussion or project for you?
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** China launches new science module to Tiangong space station – VideoFromSpace
A Chinese Long March-5B Y4 rocket launched the Mengtian science module from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on Oct. 31, 2022. “Mengtian is over 17 meters (55.7 ft) long, with a diameter of four meters (13.1 ft), and weighs more than 20 metric tons,” according to the China Academy of Space Technology.
** China’s Mengtian lab module docks with Tiangong space station – VideoFromSpace
The Mengtian lab module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station on Oct. 31, 2022, about 13 hours after its launch. (https://www.space.com/china-launches-…)
Mengtian, whose name means “Dreaming of the Heavens,” is a 58.7-foot-long (17.9 meters) and roughly 48,500-pound (22 metric tons) spacecraft designed mainly to host an array of science racks and experiments.
** Watch China’s Shenzhou-14 crew enter Mengtian lab in space for 1st time – VideoFromSpace
Chinese taikonauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe opened the Mengtian lab hatch and entered the new Tiangong space station module on Nov. 3, 2022. Mengtian was launched atop a Long March 5B Y4 on Oct. 31.
Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!
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