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Did you know a national laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS) provides access to microgravity and the extreme space environment where you can conduct advanced manufacturing and materials R&D?
The ISS offers a unique platform to conduct advanced manufacturing and materials R&D in ways not possible on Earth. In the microgravity environment of the ISS, gravity-driven phenomena such as sedimentation, convection, and buoyancy are absent, enabling the production of a wide range of new materials. Microgravity also enables studies to precisely measure thermophysical properties and to observe and model underlying physical dynamics typically masked by gravity-driven phenomena.
In addition to microgravity, the harsh conditions of the space environment provide an unparalleled testbed for materials and components. Materials testing in space enables simultaneous exposure to multiple environmental extremes, providing a mechanism for rapid failure mode and effect analysis.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch works on an experiment using Techshot’s BioFabrication Facility, an automated tissue and organ printing system onboard the ISS that could enable the 3D printing of usable human organs in microgravity. Image Credit: NASA

Space-based R&D can further advancements in:

  • Metal-organic frameworks that could impact the chemical, energy, and materials production industries
  • Low-mass materials that could aid in the development of lightweight satellites and spacecraft components
  • Single and/or large format crystals with improved quality to improve optics, sensors, radiation detectors, and electronics.
  • Exotic glasses and fibers, such as ZBLAN optical fiber for improved communications systems and medical devices
  • Multiphase materials such as aerogels, bijels, hydrogels, liquid crystals, and colloidal crystals for applications across biomedicine, optics, energy storage and conversion, and catalysis
  • Novel production methods that could improve manufacturing processes on Earth, including containerless processing

An astronaut installs a payload carrier into the MISSE Flight Facility, a commercially available platform operated by Aegis Aerospace that resides on the exterior of the ISS and enables testing of materials and components in the harsh space environment. Image Credit: NASA

The ISS National Lab provides a valuable platform for R&D to develop next-generation manufacturing methods, improve understanding of the mechanisms involved in material transformations, and advance fundamental materials discovery and testing. Other companies and institutions like yours are already leveraging ISS to advance their R&D—learn how you can too by attending ISSRDC 2022. Register today!

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PAYMENT: Your registration is not reserved until full payment is received. We accept online payments by credit card through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to make payment, if you can have any questions please contact Dalia Ruffatto.

CANCELLATION POLICY: By submitting an online registration, you agree to pay the full fee. Cancellations received no later than July 15, 2019, will be charged an $80 cancellation fee (either billed or subtracted from the refunded fee). If you do not cancel by July 15, you will be charged the full fee. You may cancel online or by calling the ISS National Lab at 321-757-6134.

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