Empowering Future Space Explorers: HUNCH Program’s Second Tape Dispenser Delivery

It’s a momentous occasion for the HUNCH Program, led by Nanoracks, as they celebrate the successful delivery of their second tape dispenser to NASA for launch to the International Space Station (ISS). This hardware was designed, fabricated, assembled, and certified entirely by the talented students and dedicated HUNCH Hardware team. Watch below to see the original dispenser in action aboard the ISS.

The need for a second tape dispenser arose after the ISS crew conducted a technical demonstration and evaluation of the first unit. This achievement reflects the commitment of high schools from different corners of the United States, including Windsor High School, Connecticut; Lakewood High School, Colorado; Cypress Woods High School, Texas; Career Academies of Decatur, Alabama; Clear Creek High School, Texas; Dade County Middle School, Georgia; and Kennett High School, New Hampshire.

Students in the HUNCH program work on real spaceflight hardware for NASA

Final acceptance, Bench Review, and Hardware Certification were recently completed, and the hardware is now with the cargo resupply mission team, eagerly awaiting preparation for its journey to space. This marks a significant milestone as these processes were carried out at the brand-new HUNCH Facility, the first of many items to pass through its doors.

Through NASA HUNCH, Nanoracks empowers high school students to gain practical experience in space hardware design and fabrications, fostering a passion for STEM education and inspiring the next generation of aerospace industry leaders.

Join us in congratulating all the students who worked on this remarkable effort. It’s a fantastic achievement that inspires the next generation of space explorers.

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