Fourteen Customer Payloads from Around the World Reach ISS – Nanoracks SpaceX-24 Update

Earlier yesterday morning, the SpaceX CRS-24 Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS), carrying fourteen Nanoracks customer payloads, including nine educational experiments via DreamUp and Nanoracks Europe and five CubeSats. The Dragon launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on December 21, 2021 at 10:07 UTC from the NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

Check out the Nanoracks customer payloads on board this mission below.


Educational Research Experiments:

This Nanoracks mission includes the first two payloads launched under Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS), run in collaboration with DreamUp, and sponsored by STEM Earth at the NASA Johnson Space Center.  SPOCS is providing the opportunity for five university student teams to develop, design, and build an experiment that flies to the ISS and returns to Earth. “Bacteria Resistant Polymers in Microgravity” was created by the University of Idaho’s Vandal Voyagers, and “Characterizing Antibiotic Resistance in Microgravity Environments” (CARMEn) was built by Columbia University’s Columbia Space Initiative.

Nanoracks also proudly launched three DreamUp educational Mixstix experiments sponsored by the Ramon Foundation in Tel Aviv, Israel. The experiments examine the effects of microgravity on the degradation of plastic by bacteria, the response of a community of intestinal microbes to antibiotics, and the effect of Moringa seed powder and copper pieces on E. coli cultures.

Additionally, Nanoracks launched a 3U Nanolab containing a system built by Tel Aviv University that detects solar and cosmic particles. The experiment goal is to measure cosmic and solar particle flux and characteristics on board the ISS and to calibrate a scintillator and SiPM detector, testing new hardware for signal detection and processing.

Also on board was a 1.5U Nanolab from the Lagrange Corporation in Japan, the sixth mission Lagrange has flown with Nanoracks. This experiment contains various plant seeds that will be used for teaching students about spaceflight. Additionally, Nanoracks launched the second Nanolab of a series with Montana State University, testing computer systems in the space environment to understand and develop greater resistance to the effects of radiation on computing systems.

Lastly, Nanoracks launched a DreamUp educational 1U Nanolab containing a materials science investigation from Aurora, d.o.o., which is conducting its experiment as part of the larger Qucopartex project in collaboration with students and the biotechnical faculty at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Lauren Milord, Director of Programs at DreamUp, said, “We’re thrilled to support so many groundbreaking educational investigations on this mission with our colleagues at Nanoracks. By engaging students in hands-on research opportunities today, we’re building the future of our STEM and space sectors in the United States and worldwide. We congratulate these incredible young scientists and look forward to seeing what they learn from their investigations.”


Nanoracks also integrated five CubeSats on this mission:

  • FEES2 (Flexible Experimental Embedded Satellite-2) is a 0.3U CubeSat built by GP Advanced Projects in Brescia, Italy. This “picosatellite” is only 3.8 cm (1.5 inch) wide and weighs 300 g (0.6 lb). The mission is testing in-orbit qualification of an Attitude Control and Determination System (ADCS) architecturecommercial GPS receivers, and radio transmission architectures as a precursor for a constellation of Internet of Things (IoT) services. FEES2 will be one of the smallest trackable objects deployed directly from the ISS.
  • DAILI (Daytime Atmospheric and Ionospheric Limb Imager) is a linear 6U CubeSat built by the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. The 29-inch-long satellite is designed to image the Earth’s limb (horizon) onto a charge-coupled device (CCD) in two 6 x 6-degree fields, each at a different emission wavelength, that span an approximate altitude range from 140 km to 290 km. The ratio of these two emissions allows the oxygen (O2) density in the atmosphere to be determined during the day between approximately 140 km and 180 km. This is a particularly difficult region to obtain neutral density data; the data collected by DAILI will therefore be used to improve models of the upper atmosphere.
  • GASPACS (Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite) is a 1U CubeSat developed by an undergraduate team at Utah State University. The primary mission of the satellite is to deploy a 1-meter-long inflatable boom and transmit a photograph of the boom to Earth. The deployed boom will passively stabilize the attitude of the satellite due to aerodynamic drag in low-Earth orbit.
  • PATCOOL (PAssive Thermal Coating Observatory Operating in Low earth orbit) is a 3U CubeSat sponsored by NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and developed by students at the University of Florida. The small satellite will demonstrate an advanced coating designed to reflect significantly more of the Sun’s energy than coatings in current use. This technology could provide more efficient thermal management for spacecraft, satellites, and launch vehicles. It also could enable in-space storage of cryogenic propellant and other passive cooling applications.
  • TARGIT (Tethering And Ranging mission of the Georgia Institute of Technology) is a 3U CubeSat built by students at the Georgia Institute of Technology and supported by NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP). The on-orbit investigation will test an imaging LiDAR system capable of centimeter-level topographic mapping. TARGIT will verify the performance of the LiDAR and its supporting subsystems using an inflatable, tetrahedron-shaped target that releases from the CubeSat and remains attached by a 6-meter-long tether. The target is tracked with an optical imager that provides input to the attitude control system.
  • DAILI, GASPACS, PATCOOL, and TARGIT were selected by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) as part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites-38 (ELaNa-38) mission, which is sponsored by the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP).


We’ll post on our Twitter account when it’s time for CubeSat deployment. You can follow along here.

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