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Adidas, Delta Faucet, others prep research projects for International Space Station

Adidas, Delta Faucet, others prep research projects for International Space Station

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Feb. 20 (UPI) -- NASA is preparing to send a variety of new scientific research projects to the International Space Station, including an experiment designed by the shoe company Adidas, among others. Officials from NASA, as well as representatives from several companies, outlined some of the 20 projects headed to the ISS on March 2 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft during a press briefing on Thursday. Michael Roberts, interim chief scientist for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, said the amount of revenue generated by contracts with commercial partners has steadily increased over the last several years. "This demonstrates a heightened demand by these companies to utilize the unique space environment on the International Space Station," Roberts said. Roberts and h...
British radio antenna arrives at space station

British radio antenna arrives at space station

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The UK's first industrial contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) was delivered on Tuesday. The communications antenna is part of a consignment of supplies that is due to arrive on a Cygnus freighter. Made by MDA UK, the Columbus Ka-band (COLKa) Terminal will enable astronauts to connect with scientists and family on Earth at home broadband speeds.The equipment will be fixed to the exterior of Europe's ISS science module in a few weeks' time.This should improve substantially on current arrangements for radio links."At the moment, the communications from Columbus go through the American data relay satellites, but those satellites are prioritised for US use. This gives Europe some independence," David Kenyon, the mana...
Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

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A cargo ship is rocketing toward the International Space Station, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the crew's cravingsBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterFebruary 15, 2020, 8:59 PM3 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from the Virginia seashore. The nearly 4-ton shipment should arrive at the orbiting lab Tuesday. It took three tries over the past week to get the Antares rocket off the pad, with it finally taking flight at 3:21 p.m. — an auspicious 3-2-1. “Awesome launch,” Joel Montalbano, NASA's deputy space station program manager, said once the capsule reached orbit. Besides the usual experiments and gear, the
Northrop launches International Space Station cargo mission from Virginia

Northrop launches International Space Station cargo mission from Virginia

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Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman successfully launched its Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station from Virginia on Saturday without a hitch. Liftoff of the Antares rocket came on time at 3: 21 p.m. EST. The Cygnus capsule is carrying 8,000 pounds of science experiments, crew supplies and hardware. The company postponed a launch attempt Friday due to strong high-altitude winds, which can knock a rocket off its course as it ascends. The company's Antares rocket will carry a disposable capsule on Northrop's CRS-13 mission from Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.[embedded content] A previous launch attempt on Sunday had been scrubbed less than three minutes before liftoff time because of "off-nominal data" from sensors on the gr...
Wind delays Northrop Grumman’s supply run to space station

Wind delays Northrop Grumman’s supply run to space station

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High wind has delayed Northrop Grumman's supply run to the International Space StationBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterFebruary 14, 2020, 8:55 PM1 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- High wind delayed Northrop Grumman's supply run to the International Space Station on Friday. The weather was OK at the launch pad on Wallops Island, Virginia, but upper-level winds exceeded safety limits. The company will try again Saturday at 3:21 p.m. — an easy-to-remember 3-2-1. It will be Northrop Grumman's third attempt in under a week to launch its Antares rocket with a Cygnus capsule on top. Sunday's try was interrupted by pad equipment concerns, then bad weather moved in. The delivery includes nearly 4 tons of experiments and gear, as well as candy and cheese for the three station astronauts. ——— The