The New Tech Heading To The ISS Will Change Human Space Exploration, Here’s How

The next commercial re-supply mission with Northrop Grumman will be delivering essentials to the ISS that could help us with instruments to live on the Moon, or even Mars.
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The Cygnus spacecraft is about to hitch a ride atop Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket to deliver 2,000 kilograms of experiments and hardware to test on the International Space Station.

These supplies are designed to push human space exploration forward, especially as we prepare for NASA’s Artemis mission and one day, hopefully, sending a crew to Mars.

Scientists want to make a livable environment among the stars, but some of the biggest challenges they continue to face include communication delays, sustainability, and radiation exposure.

So in order to combat these issues, some of the most thrilling investigations consist of utilizing a ‘space internet’ to remotely control an advanced rover from the European Space Agency, Made in Space’s Plastic Recycler, and a brand new, never space-tested before radiation-protection vest from Lockheed Martin and StemRad.

These supplies are designed to push human space exploration forward, especially as we prepare for NASA’s Artemis mission and one day, hopefully, sending a crew to Mars.

Between the super internet, haptic robots, and radiation-protection vests, it is sad to say these payloads are going to make drastic changes in the future of space mission technology.

When the Antares rocket launches from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, we’ll be one step closer to improving our ability to stay and explore our solar system to the fullest capacity.
Learn more about the thrilling new space tech on this episode of Countdown to Launch.

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“The Meteron project was formed to develop the technology and know-how needed to operate rovers in these harsh conditions. It covers all aspects of operations, from communications and the user interface to surface operations and even connecting the robots to the astronauts by sense of touch.”

Plastic Recycler

Plastic Recycler

“The Recycler will complete the plastic sustainability lifecycle on-orbit by providing astronauts the ability to convert plastic packaging and trash as well as objects previously fabricated by the 3D printer into feedstock to be reused by the printer. It will facilitate the reusability of materials to solve new problems as they arise whether on the International Space Station or in future crewed space exploration missions.”

Comfort and Human Factors: AstroRad Radiation Garment Evaluation (CHARGE)
“AstroRad Vest uses the International Space Station (ISS) as a ‘phase zero’ test platform in the development of this key element of cis-lunar exploration. Lockheed Martin and StemRad, a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, developed AstroRad Vest and optimized the design to mitigate radiation threats to astronauts on missions to the Moon and Mars. Unpredictable solar particle events may deliver high radiation doses in a few hours. Wearing the AstroRad Vest reduces the chance of radiation exposure-induced death from radiation-induced fatal cancers and other short- and long-term adverse health effects. ”


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