Multiple Nanoracks customer payloads launched on SpaceX CRS-25 mission – SatNews

Nano racks had several payloads launched at the SpaceX CRS-25 (SpX-25) in July 2022 – some of these payloads have been in the works for three years.

These payloads were sent as part of a resupply mission international space station (ISS) for scientific research and technology demonstrations that will help advance space exploration.

CubeSat Nanorack Deployer (NRCSD #23)

NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer image courtesy of the company.

The Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) is an autonomous cubesat deployment system that mechanically and electrically isolates cubesats, and has been operational since 2014. The system has deployed the following cubesats that make up this mission:

  • BeaverCube is a 3U cubesat of MIT demonstration of a smallsat propulsion system and obtaining climatic and meteorological measurements with a small imager.
  • CapSat-1 is a 1U cubesat from a college in Florida, the Weiss Schoolvalidating the use of capacitor technology as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries in space.
  • CLICK ONE is a 3U cubesat of NASA soulsin partnership with Blue Canyon Technologies and MITdemonstrating space-to-ground and ground-to-space optical laser communications.
  • D3 is a 2U cubesat of Embry Riddle and the University of Florida. This cubesat develops and tests deorbit devices to help control and accelerate the deorbit of future cubesats.
  • jagsat is the first cubesat (2U) built by the University of Southern Alabama. JAGSAT and will study plasma in the Earth’s atmosphere.

DreamUp Payloads
Nanoracks Educational Sister Company, To imagine, has a mission to create an educational community where space research and space projects will be accessible to all students. Nanoracks is one of their partners in bringing their vision to life and supporting education programs for space research and experimentation. The following payloads are part of this partnership:

TOWARDS: In collaboration with the Payload Opportunity for Students with Citizen Science (SPOCS) and NASA STEM on the stationDreamUp and Nanoracks worked with Arkansas State University to develop the Waxworm Organic Recycling Management System (TOWARDS) which aims to determine the ability and rate at which larvae, commonly known as waxworms, metabolize (break carbon bonds) polyethylene in a space environment compared to control colonies on Earth

BRIC: Another one NASA STEM on the station payload, BRIC, was built by Stanford University and built”bio-bricks” in space. These bricks are made by combining a mixture of proteins (bovine serum albumin) with a regolith from Mars. The goal is to be able to build structures on other planets with sustainable materials

The SpX-25 mission also delivered PFO-2.0, a fiber optic, production payload. The group behind this research, called Mercyaims to bring the manufacture of fiber optic cables in space to commercial volumes – and this is their second ISS experiment with Nanoracks.

The final payload on board was Barna series of payloads developed by Lagrange Company to promote STEM fields in Japan and fly commemorative posters and seeds which are distributed to graduating students. This is the 7th mission in support of this effort.

Nanoracks also returned payloads that had been in orbit for a long time. These were splattered with SpX-25 and returned to their customers after their long space journey. This includes two payloads of particular importance to the company’s customers in Israel:

space hummus
An Israeli-led experiment launched on NG-17 in February and has been growing chickpeas in space ever since.

COTS-CAPSULE
This cubesat was launched in December 2022 on SpX-24 to Tel Aviv University. The payload recorded radiation data on the ISS as the space station performed orbits around the Earth. The data was so clean and clear that the payload was able to locate the South Atlantic Anomaly.

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