SpaceX’s recent launch (flight called CRS-19) to the International Space Station (ISS), on the 5th December 2019 marked the 19th mission under its commercial cargo resupply services contract with NASA. The Dragon capsule was filled with more than 2,550 kilograms of supplies, including more than 950 kg of science equipment.
For the first time in history of SpaceX, a Hungarian company called InnoStudio is participating in the scientific mission with its collaborative partner Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS). The company is member of the ThalesNano/Darholding Group, being one of the largest upstream technology networks in the Central European region. In frame of the experiment, a novel chemical formulation/crystallization equipment of JAMSS including chemical samples of Innostudio was launched. The demonstration equipment was installed in the ICE Cubes Facility located in the European Space Agency’s Columbus module.
Dr. Ferenc Darvas, founder and president of the company and Dr. Gergo Mezohegyi, Head of Space Chemistry Studio announced: ”In the history of space research, we have come to the time when space chemistry and its applications (i.e., performance of chemical syntheses and formulations in space) become important for the advancement of space technologies, so as for chemical and pharmaceutical industries on Earth.
Our participation in this project gives us the opportunity to validate one of our space chemistry related patents and create novel nanostructures in space. To the best of our knowledge, so far, no other research on small molecules co-crystallization in space has been reported. Our expected results may lead to the development of novel formulation ways for pharmaceuticals, pesticides and even cosmetics.”
The referred study on ISS will be completed in first part of January and results of the experiment will be delivered in Q1 2020.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft delivers cargo to ISS since 2012.