The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) this week announced the recipients of new grants for developing technologies for the International Space Station (ISS).
CASIS is a non-profit organization which manages research conducted in the ISS’s U.S. National Laboratory. The grant awards, the sums of which CASIS did not disclose, include awards for developing an augmented reality (AR) system for conducting scientific experiments, a hardware-based solution for dampening fluctuations and disturbances in the microgravity environment of the space station, and a “spacecraft-on-a-chip experimental satellite platform.”
“Today’s award announcement is instrumental in the efforts of CASIS to enhance the capabilities that exist for research on the ISS,” CASIS chief operating officer Duane Ratliff said in a statement. “To enable world-class science, you need to have world-class facilities and innovative platforms to conduct research.
“The ISS already serves as an unparalleled platform for research and innovation, and through continued enhancements to the station, we will continue to open more opportunity to the research community and drive inquiry truly capable of groundbreaking discovery not capable on Earth.”
The three recipients of the grant awards are Dr. Jayfus Doswell of Juxtopia in Baltimore, Md., Dr. Scott Green from Controlled Dynamics of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Dr. Mason Peck from Cornell University, who will be working in coordination with Houston-based NanoRacks.
Doswell’s proposal is the development of AR goggles and software based on Juxtopia’s Context-Aware Mobile Mixed Assistive Device (CAMMRAD), which will be designed to assist ISS astronauts in conducting scientific experiments aboard the ISS.
Green is developing “an insert for existing ISS hardware that will provide research payloads with a ‘controlled dynamic acceleration environment,'” CASIS said. This technology “promises to attract a new class of research experiments and private funding aimed at exploiting this controlled acceleration environment in microgravity” and could be used in space experiments involving cell, tissue, and plant culturing, crystallization, and more, according to the organization.
Finally, Peck and NanoRacks are building a small, experimental satellite called “Sprite” which could be programmed and deployed from the ISS. As with the other two technologies receiving grant awards, CASIS expects the Sprite satellite platform to attract attention in the private sector as well.
CREDIT: PC Mag