NASA will include 5 nanosatellites in SpaceX’s supply mission to ISS

Miami, May 14 (EFE) .- NASA will include a group of five nanosatellites developed by educational centers and scientific institutions in the load that it will send inside a SpaceX Dragon capsule heading to the International Space Station (ISS), the American space agency.

The next supply mission between NASA and SpaceX, which will take off on June 7 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (USA), will include five nanosatellites developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the private school The Weiss School, from Palm Beach Gardens, in South Florida and that already in 2018 sent another nanosatellite into space.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach (Florida), University of South Alabama in Mobile (Alabama) and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley (California), are the other three institutions that have developed the satellites that will be placed in orbit from the ISS.

The small satellites were selected through the CubeSat Launch Initiative program of the US space agency, which allows technological projects made by educational institutions and NASA centers, among others, to be sent into space at low cost, in order to “inspire and grow the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists”, as the agency itself said today.

To date, 134 CubeSat missions have been sent into space, according to NASA.

Each of these small, cube-shaped research satellites weighs no more than 3 pounds (1.33 kilograms) and measures about 10 centimeters on a side. They can be launched into orbit individually or in groups of up to a maximum of six units.

The five nanosatellites that will travel on June 7 will be part of SpaceX’s 25th ISS supply mission for NASA, under a contract awarded to the company founded by Elon Musk for the transport of cargo and crew to and from from the orbiting lab.

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Material for new scientific research, supplies and equipment for the crew on the station.

The cargo will serve, among others, a study of immunological aging and the possibility of reversing those effects, as well as research at Stanford University that will test the process of creating a biopolymer soil compound that could serve in a microgravity environment, according to NASA.

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