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Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« on: 11/17/2009 06:24 PM »
http://www.nanoracksllc.com/?p=151

"The NanoRacks Platform has undergone final integration at the Kentucky Space facility at the University of Kentucky. A dedicated team of students worked with Professor James Lumpp, as well as the NanoRacks engineers in Houston preparing the Platform for the required NASA safety and technical testing at Marshall Space Flight Center."


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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #1 on: 11/18/2009 08:11 PM »
http://www.kentuckyspace.com/?655

Kentucky Space announces a partnership with Nanoracks to provide science modules for the Nanoracks host module, to be installed in ISS.

Another partner is Belcan Corporation, http://www.belcan.com


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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #2 on: 11/19/2009 12:11 AM »
Really, I had no idea that my adopted home state was so active in HSF!
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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #3 on: 11/19/2009 01:37 AM »
Really, I had no idea that my adopted home state was so active in HSF!

Trust me.  They're being rather secretive about it around here!  I think we've only had 1 small article in the local paper about it.

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #4 on: 11/20/2009 06:24 PM »
http://www.engr.uky.edu/news/article.php?idnum=834

"The NanoRack/CubeLab system is a new project to design a standardized locker system to interface small experiments in the International Space Station. The first NanoRack and the first CubeLabs, developed by UK students, will go to the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville Alabama to undergo a battery of tests in preparation for a flight to the International Space Station on the Space Shuttle and Russian Progress launch vehicles in early 2010. The first CubeLab will make a 30-60 day visit to the ISS before being returned to UK for analysis. During that time it will be used to train astronauts on the assembly, operation, and data transfer for CubeLabs and will gather baseline data on the effects of radiation on flash memory devices. The rack system will remain on the space station permanently supporting a wide variety of experiments in the coming years and serving as a little patch of the Blue Grass in space."

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #5 on: 11/27/2009 06:35 PM »
http://www.gwu.edu/~spi/assets/docs/111209Manber.pdf

Presentation on the Nanoracks system, pretty much explains it with photos.

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #6 on: 12/15/2009 04:37 PM »
http://kysat.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/kentucky-space-delivers-nanorack-wednesday.html

The Nanoracks host module and the CubeLab customer payloads to be delivered to the Space Shuttle Processing Facility tomorrow, December 16.

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #7 on: 12/29/2009 06:47 PM »


This shows the Nanoracks "insert" in relation to an ISS drawer (or mid deck locker). The insert fits inside the drawer. The CubeLabs (up to 16 at a time) fit inside the "insert". The drawer fits inside a rack. The rack fits inside an ISS module.

The problem to date with ISS science is that most experiments are rack mounted, and the cost of transporting a rack module to ISS is large, and the frequency of opportunities to transport them is relatively rare, when compared with Real Life Science, where experiments are done in the lab constantly.

Nanoracks provides an opportunity for experiments to be flown repeatedly, or at relatively large frequencies.



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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #8 on: 01/06/2010 05:52 PM »
Catching up:

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/delivering-payload

"LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2009) -- A University of Kentucky professor and his team of students are delivering a device to NASA this week that will permit the International Space Station to house small cube modules for experiments by scholars and corporate scientists.
 
Electrical and computer engineering Professor Jim Lumpp and students Twyman Clements and Daniel Erb are taking the experiment enclosure, called a NanoRack, to Cape Kennedy. There, it will be part of the payload in a March 2010 Space Shuttle mission making a run to the International Space Station (ISS).
 
The NanoRack -- designed and built by Lumpp, student team leader Erb, Clements, and fellow students Zach Jacobs, Meetra Torabi, Jason Rexroat, Samir Rawashdeh, Jason Bratcher, Anthony Karam and Max Bezold -- can hold up to 16 cube experiment modules, also called CubeLabs.
 
Lumpp and the students began work on the NanoRack -- which is about the size of a microwave oven -- and the CubeLabs earlier this fall at the request of NanoRack LLC, an enterprise focused on small entrepreneurial and educational space opportunities and markets.
 
The UK team developed the NanoRack and CubeLabs under the auspices of the UK College of Engineering's Space Systems Laboratory, which itself is part of the Kentucky Space Consortium, comprised of UK, Morehead State University, University of Louisville, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Belcan Engineering and the managing partner, the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp."


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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #9 on: 01/26/2010 05:16 PM »
http://kysat.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/01/kentucky-space-launches-exomedicine-initiative-.html

"Kentucky Space LLC announced today that it has begun a line of research and development into Exomedicine, defined as the study of disease mitigation and health enhancement in space under microgravity conditions. This initiative will be supported by an interdisciplinary team of top scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, and through a joint venture with NanoRacks LLC based in Houston. "

"Kentucky Space (KS) is an independent non-profit enterprise involving a consortium of universities, public and private organizations to design and lead innovative projects and missions in entrepreneurial space involving near space, sub-orbital, orbital and space station projects. Initial KS experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) will begin with the March 14, 2010 Shuttle mission to ISS."



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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #10 on: 01/26/2010 05:39 PM »
http://kysat.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/01/kentucky-space-launches-exomedicine-initiative-.html

"Kentucky Space LLC announced today that it has begun a line of research and development into Exomedicine, defined as the study of disease mitigation and health enhancement in space under microgravity conditions. This initiative will be supported by an interdisciplinary team of top scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, and through a joint venture with NanoRacks LLC based in Houston. "

"Kentucky Space (KS) is an independent non-profit enterprise involving a consortium of universities, public and private organizations to design and lead innovative projects and missions in entrepreneurial space involving near space, sub-orbital, orbital and space station projects. Initial KS experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) will begin with the March 14, 2010 Shuttle mission to ISS."

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #11 on: 01/29/2010 09:56 PM »
http://kysat.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/01/heres-a-picture-of-the-second-nanorack-being-tested-in-the-anechoic-chamber-on-the-campus-of-the-university-of-kentucky-it-w.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Kysat+%28KySat%29

"On Friday, the second completed Nanorack underwent successful tests in the anechoic chamber on the campus of the University of Kentucky. It will ship to Florida in the next several days.

The first Nanorack and two Cubelabs TM will be taking a March flight to the International Space Station aboard STS-131. "


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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #12 on: 02/01/2010 03:27 AM »
http://kysat.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/01/2010-will-be-the-year-of-launches-for-kentucky-space.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Kysat+%28KySat%29

"Last Tuesday a team of students traveled to Kennedy Space Center to deliver NanoRack-2, CubeLab-3 and CubeLab-4, meeting the "on-dock" date for a May flight on Shuttle Atlantis to the ISS (STS-132/ULF4).

After delivery, we made our way to another wing of the massive maze-like Space Station Processing Facility to visit NanoRack-1, FIRSTLab, and CubeLab-2, which were already sealed in a cargo transfer bag ready for loading into the cargo modules for Shuttle Discovery (STS-131/19A). Next we checked out Endeavor which was on the pad 39A ready for launch in February. Finally, we paid a visit to the Shuttle Payload Processing Facility and got to see the impressive SPACEHAB module, the ULF4 platform packed with supplies for station, and the Russian MRM-1 module and airlock that will be added to the ISS as part of of the STS-132 mission (and, coincidentally, will fly to orbit with Rack-2 and CubeLab-3 and CubeLab-4 nestled inside)."
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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #13 on: 02/13/2010 03:31 PM »


Update on the progress of Nanoracks by Jeffrey Manber.


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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #15 on: 04/02/2010 02:50 PM »
http://www.american-aerospace.net/pdfs/AAAI%20Shuttle%20Mission%20Press%20Release.pdf

American Aerospace Advisors Inc. to fly CubeLab aboard STS-133 in September.


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NASA Astronaut Undergoes Training on Nanoracks System
« Reply #16 on: 04/03/2010 12:58 PM »
http://www.nanoracksllc.com/?p=682

"NASA Astronaut Janice Voss has been training to use the NanoRacks Platform in order to suggest and implement operational instructions for future crews on International Space Station."


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Shuttle to Launch 'Plug and Play' Micro-Labs
« Reply #17 on: 04/05/2010 01:28 PM »
http://news.discovery.com/space/shuttle-to-launch-plug-and-play-micro-labs-on-space-station.html

"On Monday, Space Shuttle Discovery will carry equipment and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). However, one payload is particularly exciting.

As part of a joint venture between Kentucky Space (a non-profit space research collaboration based in Kentucky) and the Houston-based company NanoRacks, a new type of standardized micro-laboratory will be launched and installed on the space station during the 13-day STS-131 mission.

Small laboratories have been installed aboard the space station before (such as the space butterfly outreach experiment, organized by Baylor College of Medicine in Houston), but this is the first attempt at designing and building a standardized, cheap and lightweight technology to be used by multiple organizations for a variety of microgravity science experiments.

"When the rack is installed, you'd plug in the lab via USB," Kris Kimel, President of Kentucky Space, told me during a phone call on Friday."

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #18 on: 04/07/2010 01:15 AM »
http://www.nanoracksllc.com/?page_id=630&user=FirstLab

"FIRSTLab (Flash Incident Radiation Susceptibility Test Lab) tests the effects of radiation on commercial flash memory devices and serves as a training platform for the ISS astronauts."

FIRSTLab is CubeLab-1. the first Nanoracks customer, launched April 5 to ISS via Shuttle.

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Re: Nanoracks small experiment host module for ISS
« Reply #19 on: 04/07/2010 07:50 PM »
http://www.aerospace.ubi.pt/workshop2010/2010_Cappelletti_abstr.pdf

"During this research also a joint collaboration with the Exomedicine-Cancer Research Center at Space Science Center of the Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky has been carried out. In this framework a 3U cubelab (GlioLab) has been designed by students of both universities. During a thirty-day mission on the International Space Station (ISS), GlioLab mission have to test in orbit the behavior of glioblastoma cancer cells and healthy neuronal cells, which are extremely fragile and require complex experimentation and testing"
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