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International Space Station opens funding opportunities for space-based research

International Space Station opens funding opportunities for space-based research

The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory is seeking flight concepts to develop technology suitable for the space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory. Selected flight concepts will have the opportunity to receive funding for mission integration and operational support.

This solicitation covers various fields: chemical and material synthesis, translational medicine, in-space edge computing, in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing. Additionally, it involves utilizing remote sensing data from the space station to enhance commercial geospatial analytics.

This initiative focuses on testing and space-qualifying hardware prototypes while advancing process improvements. Areas of interest span semiconductors, electronics, nanotechnologies, robotics, sensors and communications.

The process improvements aim to utilize the space station as a test bed for high-throughput investigations, new methodologies for spaceflight research, advanced materials research and translational medicine.

It also aims to develop next-generation production methods, test novel materials and validate accelerated disease modeling and drug delivery methods.

The ISS National Lab prioritizes space-based technology development and demonstration. Their research announcement seeks proposals to leverage the unique environment of the orbiting platform for accelerated technology maturation. The aim is to drive advancements that enhance life on Earth and promote commerce in low Earth orbit (LEO), focusing on economically impactful products and processes.

The ISS National Lab recently sponsored research into the updated Spaceborne Computer-2 from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. With specially designed software, the supercomputer will launch on Northrop Grumman’s 20th Commercial Resupply Services mission.

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal will follow a two-step process. First, they must submit a concept summary by March 4, 2024. After review, selected individuals will be invited to submit a full proposal by May 7, 2024.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space will host a webinar for interested individuals on January 18, 2024, at 1 p.m. EST.

Last fall, SpiderOak, a cybersecurity company, successfully demonstrated its OrbitSecure technology on the ISS using Amazon Web Services (AWS) Snowcone edge computing tech.

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