Research to mend broken bones, test implantable devices and inspire future explorers on the next mission to the International Space Station

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida., November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As millions of Americans plan for the upcoming vacations, a variety of critical research and supplies will be heading to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the 26e Commercial Resupply Services Mission (SpaceX CRS-26). The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is expected to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station at the earliest November 21, 2022of Launch Pad 39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Among the investigations launched under this mission are several ISS National Laboratory-sponsored projects aimed at bringing value to our country through space research and technology development, while enabling commerce in low Earth orbit. .

Here is a brief overview of some of these payloads:

  • RevBio (formerly LaunchPad Medical), a clinical-stage medical device company, further evaluating the company’s proprietary bone adhesiveTetranite®, which may accelerate the growth of new bone while reducing recovery time and discomfort in patients with bone fracture. The company will test the quality of Tetranite® works to regenerate bone in microgravity.
  • The Houston Methodist Research Institute will test a implantable drug delivery device operable remotely to allow the controlled delivery of therapeutic products inside the human body. If successful, the device could allow doctors to remotely control drug delivery to patients in remote regions of Earth, or even to astronauts during spaceflight.
  • The University of Florida launches its latest project in a series of tissue chip investigations funded by the National Institutes of Health. Tissue chips mimic human physiology, allowing researchers to assess the safety and effectiveness of drugs for patients on Earth. This team seeks to develop a tissue chip system to cultivate and electrically stimulate human skeletal muscles of young and older adults. If successful, this project could lead to therapies to treat age-related muscle wasting conditions on Earth.
  • The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, an annual competition for middle and high school students, will send more than 20 student-led surveys to the station. Among them are a fleet of MixStix experiments in crystal growth, plant biology, physics, and microbial research. Additionally, payloads supported by Girl Scouts of America and Space Kids Global will examine brine shrimp, ants, and plant growth in low Earth orbit.

To learn more about all of the ISS National Laboratory payloads on this mission, please visit SpaceX CRS-26 mission overview page.

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About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory:

The International Space Station (ISS) is a one-of-a-kind laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Laboratory enables researchers to leverage this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, evolve space business models, advance the science culture of the future workforce and develop a sustainable and scalable market in low earth orbit. Through this in-orbit National Laboratory, ISS research resources are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and educational initiatives of U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) operates the ISS National Laboratory, under a cooperative agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent research environment in microgravity, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Laboratory, visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.

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