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Research how to heal broken bones, test implantable devices, and inspire future explorers on their way to the ISS

Research how to heal broken bones, test implantable devices, and inspire future explorers on their way to the ISS

International Space Station by US National Laboratory

SpaceX CRS-25 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credits: SpaceX

While millions of Americans make plans for the upcoming holidays, a variety of critical research and supplies will be headed to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of SpaceX’s 26th Commercial Resupply Services mission (SpaceX CRS-26). The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the first space station on November 22, 2022.


The investigations launching on this mission are among several ISS national laboratory-sponsored projects intended to bring value to our nation through space-based research and technology development while enabling commerce in low Earth orbit.

Here’s a quick look at some of these payloads:

  • RevBio (formerly Launchpad Medical), a clinical-stage medical device company, will Next Evaluate Company’s Proprietary Bone Adhesive, Tetranite, which may speed new bone growth while reducing recovery time and discomfort in patients with bone fractures. The company will test how well Tetranite works to regenerate bone in microgravity.
  • Houston Methodist Research Institute will conduct a trial Implantable drug delivery device that can be operated remotely To enable controlled delivery of therapeutics within Human body, If successful, the device could allow doctors to remotely control drug delivery In patients in remote areas of Earth, or even in astronauts during spaceflight.
  • Starting his latest project at the University of Florida A series of tissue chip probes funded by the National Institutes of Health, tissue chips mimic human physiology, allowing researchers to evaluate the safety and efficacy of drugs for patients on Earth. The team seeks to develop a tissue chip system to culture and electrically stimulate human skeletal muscles from young and older adults. If effective, the project could be a therapeutic to treat the condition of age-related muscle loss on Earth.
  • Student Space Flight Experiment Program, an annual competition for middle and high school-aged students, will send more than 20 student-led investigations to the station. These include a raft of Mixstix experiments in the areas of crystal growth, plant biology, physics and microbial research. Additionally, payloads supported by the Girl Scouts of America and Space Kids Global will observe the growth of brine shrimp, ants and plants in low Earth orbit.

Provided by the International Space Station US National Laboratory

Citation: Research to heal broken bones, test implantable devices, and inspire future explorers on the way to the ISS (2022, November 21) https://phys.org/news/2022-11- Retrieved on 21 November 2022 from broken-bones-implantable. device-future.html

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