Astronaut and USU graduate Drew Morgan with BFF. (Credit: NASA)
GREENVILLE, Ind. (March 2, 2020) – Commercial space company Techshot Inc., will send equipment and samples supporting plant, heart and cartilage research for three of its customers to the International Space Station (ISS) on SpaceX mission CRS-20. Scheduled to launch at 11:50 p.m. EST on March 6 from space launch complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the unpiloted cargo spacecraft is expected to arrive at the orbiting laboratory two days later. Techshot customers on board CRS-20 include NASA, Emory University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
“This is our most diverse manifest to date,” said Techshot President and CEO, John Vellinger. “Throughout March we’ll be conducting three major investigations in space for three customers using three very different Techshot-built research devices. It’s going to be a busy month, but we’re excited to see the results.”
Astronauts on board the station will use Techshot’s 3D BioFabrication Facility (BFF) – mounted inside the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS National Lab) since last summer – to manufacture human knee menisci for the 4-Dimensional Bioprinting, Biofabrication, and Biomanufacturing, or 4D Bio3 program. Based at USU, ...