Experiment sample trays on MISSE-8. (Credit: NASA)
by Douglas MessierManaging Editor
NASA has selected eight proposals focused on International Space Station (ISS) utilization and microgravity research under its Small Business Research Innovation (SBIR) program.
The proposals include a new module for producing pharmaceutical crystals, a multi-material 3D printing facility, systems for the automated processing of biological samples, and other projects.
Each of the selected proposals would receive SBIR Phase I awards worth up to $125,000 for a period of up to six months.
Techshot, Inc.Greenville, IN
Biopharmaceutical Uniform Crystallization Test Bed
Techshot will use the funding to develop hardware to commercializing the production of pharmaceutical crystals in space.
Techshot will adapt and test up to four hardware modules under laboratory conditions. The company will also perform mathematical modeling to approximate conditions on the space station.
Vistacent, LLCMetairie, LA
Utilization of the ISS to Commercialize A Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing Facility
Vistacent’s project involves the development of an additive manufacturing facility capable of using plastics, fiber reinforce composites, and metals to producing 3D printed parts.
“Such a facility currently does not exist in orbit or terrestrially. The only operational printing facility on the ISS is for plastics such as ABS and ...