CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2017) — Lexington-based Space Tango, Inc. launched an Anheuser-Busch research payload on today aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 for the NASA Commercial Resupply Services-13 (CRS-13) mission. Additional payloads from Zaiput and Biorasis, Inc., as well as two experiments from Space Tango, will yield data that could improve life on Earth.
Anheuser-Busch, Zaiput, and Biorasis, Inc. each present a unique application and use of the microgravity environment to yield data that can be proven beneficial on Earth. In addition to working towards the goal of becoming the first beer brewed on Mars, Anheuser-Busch’s’ barley seed experimentation will provide valuable information on the production of barley for the agricultural community here on Earth.
Similarly, Zaiput will be able explore the role of microgravity to further develop and refine their unique process of liquid-liquid extraction that relies on surface forces. Biorasis, Inc. will use the simplistic text environment provided by microgravity to help monitor the role of diffusion in glucose transport. This may allow Biorasis to improve the accuracy of medically implantable glucose biosensors (Glucowizzard™) and provide a more reliable product for the diabetic community.
“These use-cases highlight the opportunity for companies to drive innovation with Space Tango’s expanding capabilities on station,” commented Space Tango CEO Twyman Clements. “Thanks to the continuing support from CASIS, we not only make microgravity research accessible, but we make it easy.”
Among the commercial research flown on CRS-13, Space Tango will also be conducting experiments on Chaos carolinensis and E. coli to support future commercial research opportunities.
The SpaceX CRS-13 mission is Space Tango’s fourth customer flight to the International Space Station in 2017. Used across a variety of research areas, over two dozen CubeLab modules have flown to the International Space Station throughout this past year.