The Last Dragon
Dragon Spacecraft C22 is the 22nd Dragon Spacecraft as well as the last cargo Dragon to be sent to the ISS. After this launch, Crew Dragon is next in line for cargo missions to the International Space Station.
The falcon 9 rocket booster being used is B1059.2, previously used on CRS-19. If successful this will also mark the 50th SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster landing.
What science and research is going up?
BOOST Orbital Operations on Spheroid Tesellation (adidas BOOST™) examines the particle foam mold filling process using different types of pellets. On Earth, adidas makes performance midsoles from thousands of individual foam pellets blown into a mold and fused together. Microgravity enables a closer look at the factors behind pellet motion and location, which could enhance manufacturing processes as well as product performance and comfort.
Droplet Formation Studies in Microgravity
Droplet Formation Studies in Microgravity (Droplet Formation Study) evaluates water droplet formation and water flow of Delta Faucet’s H2Okinetic shower head technology. To conserve water, flow rates in shower devices have been reduced, but this lower flow rate also reduces the effectiveness of these devices and often causes consumers to take longer showers, undermining the goal of using less water. Gravity’s full effects on formation of water droplet size are unknown, and research in microgravity could help improve the technology, creating better performance and improved user experience while conserving water and energy.
Growing human heart cells
Generation of Cardiomyocytes From Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiac Progenitors Expanded in Microgravity (MVP Cell-03) examines whether microgravity increases the production of heart cells from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Heart cells or cardiomyocytes (CMs) derived from hiPSCs may be used to replenish cells damaged or lost due to cardiac disease. The investigation induces stem cells to generate heart precursor cells and cultures those cells on the space station to analyze and compare with cultures grown on Earth.
Many other science experiments and research is also going up. All in which for the better of life on earth and space. Exciting times are ahead for human life and sustainability in space.