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Astronaut will be featured speaker at County Prayer Breakfast – Times Herald-Record

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GOSHEN NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, will headline this years Orange County Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 13 at Anthonys Pier 9 in New Windsor.

Williams was selected for the NASA Astronaut Class of 1996. In addition to his space flights, he has performed various technical duties in both the space shuttle and International Space Station Programs. In July 2002, Williams commanded a nine-day coral reef expedition operating from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Aquarius undersea habitat off the coast of Florida.

Williams has also served on the space station backup flight crews for Expeditions 12, 19, 20, as well as the backup for astronaut Scott Kellys one-year flight spanning Expeditions 43 through 46. Williams has logged more than 534 days in space, including nearly 32 hours in five spacewalks, and a total of more than 3,100 hours in more than 50 different aircraft. During his six months aboard the International Space Station in 2006, Williams orbited the earth more than 2,800 times and took more photographs of earth than any astronaut in history. He has had two books published with his work.

The event is wholly underwritten by sponsors and is not a fundraiser. Sponsors of the event will receive five (5) seats at the breakfast for a tax-deductible donation of $300. The Orange County Leadership Prayer Breakfast committee will use the remaining seats at the table to invite elected and appointed Orange County municipal officials, community and business leaders, and the public. All sponsors will be publicized at the door and at the tables.

If you would like to sponsor this event, send an e-mail requesting a registration form to or call 393-4805. Orange County Leadership Prayer Breakfast is a 501(c)(3).

This event is being held at no cost to county taxpayers.

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SpaceX wants to land Starship on the moon within three years, president says, with people soon after – CNBC

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NEW YORK CITY SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell outlined plans for its two development programs at a recent investor conference, giving her forecast for when the company will fly people on its next-generation rocket and begin offering internet from its satellite network.

The company has raised more than $1.3 billion this year to build both Starship, the massive rocket it wants to use to fly people to the moon and Mars, and Starlink, a network of as many as 30,000 satellites to provide high speed internet. SpaceX is building multiple Starship rockets at once, as founder Elon Musk has the company on an ambitious timeline to begin launching Starship regularly and prove that it can be reused easily, like an aircraft.

Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, speaks as NASA astronaut Bob Behnken looks on during the NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) astronaut visit at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

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Shotwell, speaking at Baron Fund's annual investment conference at the Metropolitan Opera House on Friday, gave an update on SpaceX's goals for Starship.

"We want Starship in orbit next year; we want to land it on the moon before 2022 with cargo and with people shortly thereafter," Shotwell said.

However, much like Musk in his presentation last month, Shotwell hedged her estimate, saying that "every time I make a prediction about schedule I turn myself into a liar." Most of SpaceX is focused on the company's Crew Dragon capsule, which is undergoing a final series of tests before it flies two NASA astronauts.

"It's a critical program for us, as it's our first step to flying astronauts," Shotwell said.

Shotwell said SpaceX wants to fly Crew Dragon frequently so the company can learn as much as it can about flying people safely. While SpaceX has dozens of successful rocket launches under its belt, it has yet to fly astronauts. The first Crew Dragon flights will go to the International Space Station much like the uncrewed test mission SpaceX performed with the capsule in March and will be an important step toward its grander ambitions.

"Then we'll put people on Starship and send them to farther places," Shotwell said.

An animation of SpaceX's rocket Starship launching through the Earth's atmosphere.


Once complete, Starship will be an immense rocket as SpaceX designed the rocket to carry as many as 100 people. But, more importantly, the company is applying the lessons its learned landing rockets to make Starship fully reusable, Shotwell explained.

"If you're going to take people to other planets, you can't wait for a new aerospace industry to develop on the planet before you can figure out how to land a rocket. You have to figure out how to land, refuel, and come back," Shotwell said.

SpaceX has successfully recovered 44 boosters from its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. But while the booster recoveries have been a step forward in rocketry, it only represents the bottom portion of the rocket. SpaceX wants to recover both Starship, which will be the upper part of the rocket, and its Super Heavy booster.

"So we're not going to waste anything ... all we'll spend money on is fuel," Shotwell said.

But Starship will feature in the company's plans in more ways than just exploration. Shotwell revealed that SpaceX plans to use the new rocket to deploy its Starlink network even more quickly than it is already.

SpaceX launched the first 60 Starlink satellites in May, packing them into the top of a Falcon 9 rocket. And, just before the launch, Musk told reporters that SpaceX has "sufficient capital" to get its Starlink satellite network "to an operational level."

"In the next few weeks we're going to launch another 60 and then get to a cadence of launching 60 every other week to fill out the constellation," Shotwell said.

"We need 360 to 400 to have a constant connectivity where the satellites can end up through the ground talking to each other. Once we get to 1,200 satellites, we will have coverage of the whole globe," Shotwell added.

SpaceX deploys its 60 Starlink satellites simultaenously.

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Once SpaceX is flying Starship regularly, she said the rocket will be able to launch nearly seven times as many Starlink satellites at once.

"Starship can take 400 satellites at a time," Shotwell said.

SpaceX and its investors see Starlink as the key to funding Musk's vision of colonizing Mars. Shotwell said the company's board of directors in 2012 realized the profit margins from the commercial satellites it was launching for customers were "much higher" than SpaceX's launch business. Musk estimates Starlink could generate more than $30 billion per year at least 10 times what SpaceX could bring in at best from its launch business.

Shotwell also noted that completing the Starlink network will cost less than some estimates. Morgan Stanley last week said it would cost about $60 billion for SpaceX to launch 30,000 Starlink satellites, an estimate Shotwell dismissed.

"They were way off," Shotwell said.

Unlike traditional satellites, Starlinks will have limited lifespans of about five years, Shotwell explained. SpaceX will "refresh the technology" of the Starlink network by rapidly replacing the satellites, which are designed to intentionally burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

"The satellites will be limited in their life because the longer you want the satellites to live on orbit the more money you put have to put into it," Shotwell said. "We will be continually launching these satellites to refresh the technology, to address any issues with the satellites, to put up ones that are working better in its place."

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Life in space: 20,000 people will leave Earth in the next 25 years – Possibly millions –

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Mr pik said: Im 54, so statistically speaking Ive got a quarter of a century to see all this happen and I think its realistic to see 20,000 inhabit space.

More will probably go there in that time, possibly millions.

The ways to get into space right now are to make friends with a superpower and go through astronaut school or to be a billionaire and build your own rocket that will take you there.

Or you can become an Asgardian and while there are other initiatives such as Blue Origin the brainchild of Jeff Bezos who clearly sees the same logical imperatives as Asgardia does Asgardia is the only properly developed society with its own governance system and cohesive proto-society.

Mr pik previously told space colonisation is coming and it is simply a matter of time.

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Space tour: Hazza Al Mansouri’s video shows life on board the International Space Station – The National

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The UAE's first astronaut gives a behind-the-scenes look at the international outpost

Hazza Al Mansouri's mission to International Space Station last month marked a lot of firsts for the UAE and for the space sector as a whole.

The former military pilot became the first Emirati in space, the first to hold a dinner featuring traditional local food and the first to give a tour of the ISS in Arabic.

The ISS is made up of many modules, some are research laboratories, others are cargo storage or living spaces. Different modules are run by different space agencies, such as the Japanese Experiment Module - known as Kibo - which was developed by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) as a science module.

Maj Al Mansouri's tour began in the astronauts' living quarters, where any spare time is spent and astronauts can get ready for the day ahead.

The Emirati then showed off one of the laboratories where most of the scientific experiments are carried out and demonstrated how astronauts maintain their physical fitness while onboard the ISS.

Next, he showed the Airlock, the area from where astronauts perform space walks and where astronauts carry out maintenance work for the station.

He then went to Nod 3, a training room where astronauts apply pressure to their bodies to stop their muscles from atrophying, the storage room, and demonstrated how astronauts sleep in the microgravity environment.

He gave a tour of the kitchen, where astronauts prepare and eat their food, and the main commander control unit, where astronauts control the station and any incoming cargo.

Maj Al Mansouri spent eight days on the ISS, where he carried out experiments and held several live Q&A sessions with students. He returned to Earth on October 3.

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Caspers Fire Station No. 1 has a variety of deficiencies a rebuild would address – Oil City News

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CASPER, Wyo. Following their discussion of the possibility of building a new police headquarters, the Casper City Council listened to a presentation on possible new Fire-EMS headquarters and Station No. 1 space.

Station No. 1 is the largest station in terms of personnel and houses the ladder truck. Battalion Chief Dan Griswold explained that it houses between 6-10 firefighters at any given time.

Police Facility Design Group, PA was contracted to conduct a feasibility study and space needs assessments for both the Police and Fire-EMS Departments.

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Rick Kuhl with WSFG Architects partners with Police Facility Design Group to provide fire department facility studies. He presented such a study to the Casper City Council.

He said that co-locating Casper Fire-EMS headquarters with Station No. 1 would be the most efficient use of space, which saves money.

Councilman Mike Huber asked whether a new Station No. 1 could be built and utilize the existing space to house administration had been considered.

Kuhl said he did not have specific cost estimates of what that kind of renovation might look like.

Station No. 1 was built in 1976 and has about 11,000 square feet of space, Kuhl explained.

He said that one deficiency of the current facility is the lack of Health and Wellness Protocols for personnel.

He pointed out that cancer may be more prevalent among firefighters. The lack of decontamination processes in place at Station No. 1 are a concern.

Another concern with the station is insufficient quality of living space.

He said that a quality living space is important to ensure that firefighters get a good amount of rest. Adding more fitness space would also benefit firefighters.

The dormitory style at Station No. 1 doesnt support a diverse workforce since male and female firefighters dont have separate space, Kuhl added.

He recommended private sleep spaces be incorporated into a new design.

Councilman Bob Hopkins said that this could lead to difficulties recruiting firefighters to work at this station.

Other problems include building code deficiencies such as ADA compliance issues and a lack of fire separation protection at the facility.

A lack of training space at the station was another deficiency identified in the assessment. Kuhl said this referred to classroom space.

The current Casper Fire-EMS administration shares space with the police department in the City Center Building.

Kuhl said the study found that the fire department administration requires 14,000 square feet of space to meet current and future demands. The administrative space is currently about 7,000 square feet.

Station No. 1 is utilized by about 6-10 personnel and currently has about 11,300 square feet of space. The study says about 24,200 square feet is needed to allow up to 16 personnel to operate out of that station.

Using 2020 building cost numbers, the consultant estimates the cost of replacing both the administrative space as well as the Station No. 1 space as follows:

Should the city wish to develop a new facility to house both the fire headquarters and Station No. 1 at one site, the study says they should expect such a project to take 2-3 years.

If the city wants to do it in phases, the study says that would take between 3-5 years.

It also provides two possible development options.

The first option is to house both the fire headquarters and Station No. 1 in a single story facility:

The second option is for a two-story facility. This option is similar to the first option, with the exception that some bunk space would be provided on the second floor of the Station No. 1 half of the design:

Full details are included in the councils work packet.

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Satellite surveillance may be less of a privacy concern than you think — for now – CNET

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The ESA Aeolus satellite is used for Earth observation.

About 5,300 satellitesorbit Earth right now, which also means that thousands of cameras take images in real time above you. Major advances in satellite photography since the 1957 launch of Sputnikhave many people concerned about surveillance from space. If you worry aboutprivacy, you may wonder what satellites can actually see and where the data goes.

Satellite photography provides a unique vantage point for taking photos of the planet that can help scientists and others recognize patterns and trends. But it also raises concerns at a time when personal privacy is under far more scrutiny than ever before.

Privacy has become a flashpoint issue in the digital age with companies recording and keeping data when they aren't supposed to and withdata breachesthat have revealed millions of credit card numbers, government identification numbers, birth dates and addresses.

I spoke with cybersecurity experts to find out what you need to know about these real-time eyes in the sky, what you need to worry about and what you don't. Most agreed that misperceptions stoke fears of a tech dystopia and that overall the benefits of satellite photography outweigh the risks.

The Genesis II stopped working long ago but remains in orbit. In September, the US Air Force warned of a slight possibility that it could collide with a dead Russian satellite.

Satellites are capable of taking photographs from space, but most of the thousands of cameras in orbit are unconcerned with your house, experts say. For example, farmers rely on satellite imagery to help assess their crops throughout the growing season, while city planners use it to more efficiently map highways, according to Charlie Loyd, an imagery specialist at online mapmaker Mapbox.

Satellite data helps organize travel and airmail.Environmental satellites document rising sea levels, hurricanes and wildfires. Geologists can also map fault lines and predict volcanic eruptions with data from radar satellites.

The United Nations keeps a satellite registry going back to the 1960s, though many aren't in orbit anymore. Here are the main types:

Satellite photos aren't like a spy movie where you can keep zooming in until you see freckles on a person's nose. In fact, photos today aren't accurate in the way your phone's camera is. For example, each pixel you see -- in a satellite image with one-meter resolution -- covers one square meter of ground.

As a rule of thumb, the lower an image resolution is, the better the image quality. Click on the links below to see simulation satellite images at multiple resolutions of the same object:

While the accuracy of data can vary from satellite to satellite depending on its photographic capability, the vast majority of imagery isn't typically good enough to jeopardize the average person's privacy.

"I suspect that most people think of accuracy and satellites based on what they see in action-adventure and spy movies," said John Gomez, CEO at cybersecurity company Sensato.

Satellites are actually governed by rules and regulations. A US business that wants to launch a satellite must get a Federal Communications Commission license and an International Telecommunications Union approval first.

Surveillance satellites must also meet strict National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations, according to Ben Lamm, CEO of Hypergiant Industries, an AI products and services company.

"If the satellite can see less than 0.3 meters, the satellite will be deemed illegal or only usable by the defense industry. At this range, the satellite is able to identify maybe cars, definitely homes, but not individual people," Lamm said.

Jamie Cambell, the founder of, said that the NOAA cap on image clarity is only for US satellites. Lamm noted that the regulations and licensing requirements in place are strict enough to ensure that the public's privacy is protected.

US regulations don't apply to satellites from other countries, but other countries do regulate their satellites too. Canada's satellites, for example, are governed by the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act. In addition, Europe's General Data Protection Regulation may apply to any imaging system that could personally identify EU citizens.

Drones raise a whole new set of questions about privacy.

While satellites take photos, experts point out that drones and helicopters can too -- much more cheaply, easily and accurately. Drones that can track and identify faces are available on Amazon and at Best Buy, Gomez said.

"Even if the person runs or hides behind an object or wall or car, the drone will wait them out. That is a $1,500 drone," said Gomez. "Think about what you could do with a professional drone."

Drones are also easier to deploy for more nefarious purposes, according to Gomez.

"They can stay on target for very long periods of time and you can arm them if you wanted to take someone out," he said.

For example, the International Space Station orbits the Earth a few times per day and captures stunning photos from space. It's classified as an artificial satellite, but you wouldn't expect it to be able to photograph your license plate number. By contrast, last month (and much closer to the ground), an off-duty Louisville Metro Police Department officer in Kentucky flew a police droneoutside an apartment complex downtown. The drone reportedly flew past multiple floors of the apartment's 29 stories and remained 5 to 10 feet from the apartment's balconies.

Justin Sherman, a cybersecurity policy fellow at Think Tank New America, said the mass amounts of commercial satellites allow for new levels of OSINT, or open-source intelligence collection.OSINT is data collected from publicly available sources that's used in an intelligence context.

Although satellites take photos, said Loyd, pictures are just pixels unless they're then attached to data. Potential privacy problems surrounding satellites depend on which satellite you're talking about, your expectations and the abuse of other data streams.

Gomez said that instead of hacking a satellite to reveal your location patterns, for example, it would be easier to hack your phone, your phone provider or your vehicle's GPS system to find out where you are and where you've been.

Khan said that government surveillance has come under increasing public scrutiny. There's a thin line between acceptable and intrusive monitoring from above, she said. Cambell said that like most tech-related things, satellites are advancing too fast for the government regulation to keep up.

Knowing what satellites can and can't do is key to stopping misinformation, experts say -- although it's impossible, even for experts, to know everything that's happening. At the same time, technology will continue to improve and it's hard to say what satellites will be capable of in the future.

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Lab-grown Meat Produced in Space for First Time Aboard International Space Station – Newsweek

Posted: October 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

An Israeli start-up has successfully cultured lab-grown meat in spacethe first time this has been achieved.

In a proof-of-concept experiment, Aleph Farmin collaboration with partners 3D Bioprinting Solutions, Meal Source Technologies and Finless Foodsproduced the meat aboard the International Space Space Station, which orbits the Earth at an average altitude of about 250 miles.

The latest method, which requires less resources than traditional animal farming,could potentially be used in future to produce food on long space missions, according to the company. They also say that the technique could have important implications for cultivating lab grown meat on Earth.

"In space, we don't have 10,000 or 15,000 liters (3,962 gallons) of water available to produce one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of beef," Didier Toubia, Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, said in a statement.

"This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources," he said.

To create the cultivated beef steaks, Aleph Farms devised a method which mimics the natural process of tissue regeneration inside a cow's body.

The company harvested cow cells on Earth before launching them to the ISS. In the Russian segment of the space station, astronauts then created small-scale muscle tissue from the cells using a 3D bioprinter in the microgravity conditions.

The company say the experiment demonstrates that this cell cultivation process can generate food using minimal resources.

"This cutting-edge research in some of the most extreme environments imaginable, serves as an essential growth indicator of sustainable food production methods that don't exacerbate land waste, water waste, and pollution," the company said in a statement. "These methods are aimed at feeding the rapidly growing population, predicted to reach 10 billion individuals by 2050."

Recent scientific research has highlighted how traditional animal farming is a significant driver of climate change, and that cutting down on meat and dairy products is one of the best ways for individuals to curb their carbon footprint.

Lab-grown meat has been touted as one potential way to help mitigate the environmental impact of the animal farming industry as demand for meat rises around the world. At the moment no true lab-cultivated meat products are commercially available, however, this situation could change in the next few years as technology improves.

"The mission of providing access to high-quality nutrition anytime, anywhere in a sustainable way is an increasing challenge for all humans," Jonathan Berger, CEO of The Kitchen, said in a statement. "On Earth or up above, we count on innovators like Aleph Farms to take the initiative to provide solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, such as the climate crisis."

In December 2018, Aleph Farms announced that it had produced the world's first lab-grown steak with a muscle-like texture, although they admitted at the time that the taste needed work.

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Catch a quick glance of the International Space Station in the South Jersey sky – Press of Atlantic City

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As I write these words, an originally clear weather forecast for this week has changed to a possibly very cloudy one. It all depends on whether a developing coastal low gets stuck and bedevils us for several days.

Despite this newer weather forecast, Im going to remain optimistic and tell you about two fine passes of the International Space Station scheduled for us tonight and especially Wednesday night. Our other topics today include the Hunters Moon this coming Sunday and a touch of Halleys Comet meteors two Mondays from now.

Tuesday and Wedneday nights good space station passes. Lets hope we at least get breaks in the clouds during evening twilight tonight and Wednesday night. If so, well get views of the ISS the International Space Station from here in South Jersey.

Tonights pass is most interesting when the ISS is on the verge of passing into Earths shadow. At 8:02 p.m. tonight, look for a point of light brighter than any other, partway up the south sky. At 8:03:55 p.m. it is not greatly far to the right of the moon when suddenly in just a few seconds it will fade completely from view. What has happened is that the ISS, more than 200 miles above Earths surface, has finally entered into Earths shadow a few hundred miles southeast of Bermuda.

Wednesday nights ISS pass is brighter, higher in the sky, and goes closer to the moon in our sky. It does occur much earlier in twilight. But around 7:13 p.m. you should see the ISS weather permitting climbing from out of the northwest sky. The brilliant point of the ISS appears virtually overhead for people in South Jersey as it passes approximately over Delaware Bay and near the bright star Vega. The space station fades somewhat as it heads down the southeast sky but is still prominent at 7:16:20 p.m. as it passes not far left of the big moon. The ISS fades into the earths shadow over the Atlantic a few hundred miles from North Carolina at 7:17:51 p.m.

Suppose the sky is overcast either? You can get a highly detailed simulated view of what it would look like from the space station itself as it passes by us. Just go to and click on the feature ISS Interactive 3-D visualization. And whether you see the ISS in the sky or on a devices screen, just remember: this is a space station with solar panels that stretch across a span similar to that of two football fields all traveling more than 17,000 mph with human beings on board.

Hunters Moon: The most famous moon is Harvest Moon the full moon closest to autumn equinox, the start of autumn. But the next full moon has some of the same qualities including sometimes looking like a big orange-gold pumpkin as it rises around sunset. This moon, which usually happens in October, is called Hunters Moon. This year, the exact moment of full moon occurs at 5:08 p.m. on Oct. 12 this coming Sunday. Thats actually before moonrise here in New Jersey but dont worry: the Hunters Moon will look as round and fully lit as could be when it rises for us around sunset that day. And it will look that way all night long in fact, look almost full even the night before and after.

Can you see a Halleys C omet meteor? If the night of Oct. 21 to 22 is clear, scan the sky from around 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for shooting stars from the east meteors from the Orionid meteor shower. The 40% lit moon rises right after that hour and so may hinder us seeing some of the larger number of Orionids youd normally expect from the southeast around 2 a.m. and from the south around 4 a.m. If, however, you see even just one of these Orionid meteors, youre seeing a very special bit of space rock burning high in our atmosphere. Why special? Because the Orionids are pieces of dust and rock released at past returns of the famous Halleys Comet.

Fred Schaaf is a local author and astronomer. He can be reached at:

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Exploring Regenerative Medicine in Microgravity Aboard the International Space Station – UPJ Athletics

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Learning how everyday things work in space, such as how to effectively brush teeth or how hair grows, is intriguing, but knowledge of how medical research translates from Earth's surface to above its atmosphere is limited.

A new alliance between the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory aims to drive the progress of regenerative medicine research in microgravity environments specifically, aboard the ISS.

The questionis What can we do in space that we can't do on Earth that makes a difference?" said William Wagner, director of the McGowan Institute. "That's a pretty exciting question, because it's currently unanswered; we don't know what the key value of microgravity is. I think when we find that, we can attract investment, we're going to begin to identify what the most promising technology is."

The ISS National Laboratory and the McGowan Institute will collaborate with partners from industry as well as other academic research centers and government agencies to drive the progress of regenerative medicine research aboard the ISS. As part of this alliance, Pitt will develop facilities on campus to advance research and meet with potential partners, while working in coordination with the ISS National Laboratory on flight opportunities to the orbiting laboratory. The program will focus on microgravity life sciences research and development, with a line of sight toward products and services for clinical application on Earth.

"What has to happen now is knowing how we can leverage research into a treatment or technology that someone will invest in because it will replace the current way we do things here on Earth," Wagner said. "We are very enthusiastic about this, because we believe the time is right to move from the observational to the more practical, moving things toward commercialization. One of the things we're going to try to do is give industry the best and brightest research in our country, not just at Pitt, but other universities as well, to pitch different concepts and partner with those concepts to help develop them."

An example of this research in action could include exploiting the unique behavior of stem cells in microgravity in order to improve cell-based therapies for a variety of diseases and impairments, such as traumatic brain injury and type I diabetes. Similarly, microgravity could allow 3D printers to create complex tissue structures that are difficult to achieve in the presence of full gravity.

This alliance a core element of the ISS National Laboratory Industrial Biomedicine Program was unveiled at the 8th annual ISS Research and Development Conference held in Atlanta earlier this year.

University leaders are optimistic this alliance will be the next big step in space research and commercialization.

The McGowan Institute has built on its deep history advancing the development of artificial organs to establish a position of internationally recognized leadership in regenerative medicine, said Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research at Pitt. The ISS National Laboratory will benefit from that deep expertise, as well as our commitment to rapid clinical translation.

The products of the Industrial Biomedicine Program will help build the fundamental business case for the industrialization of crewed platforms in low Earth orbit. In future alliances, the ISS National Laboratory will work with companies and research partners who seek to find solutions to common problems on Earth through space-based experimentation on the ISS National Laboratory.

The ISS National Laboratory is proud to announce this alliance with Pitt and McGowan in order to develop biomedical products in space that could benefit human health on Earth, said ISS National Laboratory Chief Strategy Officer Richard Leach. Part of the role of the ISS National Laboratory is to create and implement innovative strategies to enhance the research capacity of the orbiting laboratory, and we believe alliances like this will pave the way for future collaborations to advance the discoveries of space-based science.

More details about the alliance are available on the ISS National Laboratorys website.

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NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Transport Phenomena Research on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth – IIT Today

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The National Science Foundation Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects under NSF 20-501, in the general field of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Only U.S. entities including academic investigators, non-profit independent research laboratories and academic-commercial teams are eligible to apply.

Please note that while the proposal deadline window is open until March 2020, the final deadline for submitting the required feasibility review form to NSF is January 10, 2020*. Please see the full announcement for additional details.

*If you are interesting in applying for this funding opportunity, please start a routing sheet as soon as possible. As a reminder, proposals must be completed and submitted to OSRP no later than January 8, 2020 for submission to the sponsor. If you should have any questions, please contact OSRP.

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