Research to repair broken bones, test implantable devices, and inspire future explorers on their way to the International Space Station

by the US National Laboratory for the International Space Station

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

SpaceX CRS-25 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: SpaceX

As millions of Americans plan for the upcoming holidays, a variety of critical research and supplies will be heading to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Services Mission 26 (SpaceX CRS-26). A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch to the space station no later than November 22, 2022 from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Among the investigations launched on this mission are several projects sponsored by the International Space Station National Laboratories that aim to create value for our nation through space research and technology development, while enabling commerce in low Earth orbit.

Here is a quick look at some of these payloads:

  • RevBio (formerly LaunchPad Medical), a clinical-stage medical device company, will do just that Further evaluation of the company’s orthopedic adhesiveTetranites, which can speed up the growth of new bone while reducing healing time and discomfort in patients with a broken bone. The company will test how well tetranites work to regenerate bone in microgravity.
  • Houston Methodist Research Institute will test a file An implantable drug delivery device that can be operated remotely To enable controlled distribution of intramedication human body. If successful, the device could allow doctors to take control remotely drug delivery In patients in remote parts of the Earth, or even in astronauts during space flights.
  • The University of Florida launches its latest project in… A series of tissue chip probes funded by the National Institutes of Health. imitation of tissue flakes human physiology, allowing researchers to assess the safety and effectiveness of drugs for patients on the ground. This team seeks to develop a tissue chip system for the culture and electrical stimulation of young and elderly human skeletal muscles. If successful, this project could lead to therapies for treating age-related muscle loss conditions on Earth.
  • The Student Space Flight Experience Program, an annual competition for middle and high school students, will send more than 20 student-led investigations to the station. Among them is a fleet of MixStix experiments in the fields of crystal growth, plant biology, physics, and microbial research. In addition, payloads supported by the Girl Scouts of America and Space Kids Global will look at brine shrimp, ants, and plant growth in low Earth orbit.

Courtesy of the US National Laboratory for the International Space Station

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