The International Space Station will receive a new version of the 3D printer

by:Gewinn     2022-05-25
The US Orbital ATK company launched the 'Cygnus' cargo spacecraft on the 22nd, sending 3D printers, astronaut supplies and some interesting experimental equipment to the International Space Station. This is the fifth space station cargo mission of the 'Cygnus' spacecraft, and it is also the spacecraft's heaviest payload. The 'Cygnus' carried about 3.5 tons of materials, which was the largest amount of materials delivered by the spacecraft since its cargo mission. The supplies include provisions for the astronauts, as well as a new 'permanent member' of the space station -- a 3D printer. NASA sent a 3D printer to the space station in 2014. This time it sent an upgraded version of the printer, which is twice the size of the old version and can print larger parts and equipment. The spacecraft also carried some scientific research payloads. For example, the 'Gecko Claw' experiment will study whether the artificial material imitating gecko foot bristles still has the ability to adhere in space; the space meteor experiment will study the chemical composition of meteors entering the earth's atmosphere from space for the first time; the soil layer experiment will analyze the effect of microgravity on asteroids etc. Influence of small celestial bodies without atmosphere on regolith soils. The spacecraft also carries more than 20 microsatellites, which will be released into space in batches at different stages of the mission. In addition, the Cygnus spacecraft will burn up in Earth's atmosphere as it has in the past when it returns from its mission. But unlike previous missions, controllers will put a 'fire' on the spacecraft remotely before the 'Cygnus' burns up. This 'ship flame experiment' will help to understand the impact of microgravity on the spread of fire, so as to develop better fireproof materials and technologies.
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