SpaceX’s 24th cargo resupply services (CRS) mission for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) includes four Redwire payloads focused on advanced materials manufacturing and plant science experiments in low-Earth orbit.
Turbine Superalloy Casting Module (TSCM)
The Turbine Superalloy Casting Module is a commercial in-space manufacturing device designed to provide proof-of-principle for polycrystalline superalloy part manufacturing in microgravity for terrestrial use.
Multi-Use Variable Gravity Platform (MVP)
MVP-PLANT-01 is an investigation that will use Redwire’s Multi-Use Variable-Gravity Platform to profile and monitor shoot and root development of plants in microgravity to understand the regulatory mechanisms involved in plant responses to a novel environment. .
Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS)
Veggie PONDS-03R is a technology demonstration that explores how plants respond to microgravity and demonstrates technology for reliable vegetable production on orbit. This flight will also validate the Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System hardware.
Advanced Plant Habitat (APH)
Redwire is working with researchers from Clemson University to support the Unlocking the Cotton Genome to Precision Genetics (Plant Habitat-05) investigation, which will utilize the Advanced Plant Habitat, an automated plant growth facility managed by Redwire.
December 21, 2021
SpaceX CRS-24 Launch
SpaceX CRS-24 mission lifted off on Tuesday, December 21 at 5:07 a.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX CRS-24 Highlights @RedwireSpace
We are launching not one, not two, but FOUR payloads aboard @SpaceX #CRS24, scheduled for Dec. 21 at 5:06am ET!— Redwire Space (@RedwireSpace) December 15, 2021
These payloads include a new in-space metal manufacturing device + three plant biology experiments. Read more about the payloads: https://t.co/69Cb0HOWLr pic.twitter.com/47uAaqfhx6
More Sustainable Plants = More for Life on Earth + Beyond— Redwire Space (@RedwireSpace) December 20, 2021
The Plant Habitat-05 investigation, with @ClemsonUniv + @ISS_CASIS, will help our understanding of certain genetic factors and allow us to improve crop plant production on Earth + for future long-duration spaceflight. pic.twitter.com/c0KFUjkoeA
Space-enabled manufacturing like our TSCM + AMF will be key for commercializing low-Earth orbit + deep space missions, and we are at the forefront of developing these next-generation technologies.— Redwire Space (@RedwireSpace) December 18, 2021
Learn more on these critical capabilities in this blog: https://t.co/dYNP01A1uC pic.twitter.com/pPUsfIUsMe
Subscribe to our newsletter and keep pace with one of the most innovative and fastest growing space companies on and off Earth.