The last SpaceX Dragon supply ship was on its way to the International Space Station after its 1:29 pm launch. EDT arrived Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying more than 7,300 pounds of science experiments, new solar panels and other cargo.
The spacecraft was launched from Kennedy Launch Pad 39A using a Falcon 9 rocket. It is programmed to automatically dock at the space station around 5 a.m. Saturday June 5 and stay on the space station for about a month. Arrival reports will begin at 3:30 am on NASA TV, the agency website, and NASA apps. The 22nd refueling mission of the
SpaceX contract will deliver the new International Space Station to the space station located in the trunk of the Dragon spacecraft to launch the solar array (iROSA). After the Dragon spacecraft is docked with the space station’s Harmony module, the Canadaarm2 robot will extract the array and the astronauts will install them during the spacewalk scheduled for June 16-20. Scientific experiments delivered by the
Dragon spacecraft to the space station include:
Symbiotic Squid and Microbes
Understanding the Microgravity of Microbial Animal Interactions (UMAMI) The study uses squid and bacteria to examine the interaction between beneficial microorganisms and their animal hosts for the flight impact space. This type of relationship is called a symbiotic relationship. Beneficial microorganisms play an important role in the normal development of animal tissues and the maintenance of human health, but the role of gravity in shaping these interactions is unclear. The experiment can support the development of measures to protect the health of astronauts and determine methods to protect and strengthen these relationships for application on Earth.
Produces stronger cotton
Cotton is used in many products, but its production uses a lot of water and agricultural chemicals. The focus of Onorbit Cultivation
(TICTOC) research aimed at improving cotton is to improve the elasticity, water use and carbon storage of cotton. In soil, root growth depends on gravity. TICTOC can help determine which environmental factors and genes control root development in microgravity. Scientists can use what they have learned to develop cotton varieties that require less water and pesticides.
Water bear occupies space
Tardy animals are called water bears because of their appearance when viewed under a microscope. They are creatures that can tolerate extreme environments. The Cell Science04 experiment aims to identify genes related to the adaptation and survival of water bears in these high-stress environments. These results can promote scientists’ understanding of the stressors affecting humans in space.
Commercial Butterfly IQ portable ultrasound equipment can provide critical medical capabilities for crews flying in space for long periods of time. In this case, ground support cannot be provided immediately. This research will show how to use ultrasonic devices in conjunction with mobile computing devices in a microgravity environment. Their results have potential applications in healthcare in remote and isolated environments far from the earth.
Development of better robot drivers
A study by ESA (European Space Agency) Pilote tested the effectiveness of remotely operating robotic arms and spacecraft using virtual reality and tactile interfaces. Pilote researches new and existing technologies in the field of microgravity by comparing the recently developed remote control operation technology with the technology used to drive the Canada Boom 2 and Soyuz spacecraft. The study also compared the performance of astronauts when using the interface during ground and space flight. The results can help optimize workstations on the space station and future spacecraft for lunar and Mars missions.
The new solar panels that go to the station consist of compact pieces that unfold like long rugs. ISS Rollout Solar Arrays (iROSA) is based on the previous display of the display board on the space station. They are expected to provide more energy for the station’s research and activities. NASA plans to add a total of six new arrays to launch the first pair of arrays during this flight to increase the space station’s power supply. The Expedition 65 crew plans to begin preparations for the spacewalk this summer to complement the existing rigid panels of the space station. The same solar panel technology plans to power NASA’s gateway, which is part of the Artemis plan.
These are just a few of the hundreds of surveys currently conducted in the orbital laboratory in the fields of biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, and earth and space sciences. Advances in these areas will help maintain the health of astronauts during long-term space travel, and through NASA’s Artemis program to demonstrate future human and robot exploration technologies from low Earth orbits to the moon and Mars.