You load 25 tons and what do you get…

This week is the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Boston. Some interesting tidbits here and there – if you want to follow on Twitter, try #ISSRDC or follow @ISS_CASIS and @Space_Station.

Elon Musk talked about the recent SpaceX accident. Nothing I hadn’t heard before, except that he also mentioned a new ISS IMAX movie. (Oooooh!)

Made In Space received the Innovation Award for Technology Development for their 3D printer in space.
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And last but not least, earlier this year the Water Recovery System on ISS passed the milestone of 50,000 lbs. of recycled water. Some of that was recovered from astronaut urine, some was recovered from condensate from the air, and some was from the Oxygen Recovery System, but that’s 25 tons that didn’t have to be brought up from Earth and that much closer to the technology for sustaining an exploration crew for long periods of time.

4 thoughts on “You load 25 tons and what do you get…”

    1. More than that. SpaceX was awarded $1.6 billion for 20 metric tons, so if I did the math right, that’s $36K per pound. Progress is closer to $20K/lb, but then they ream us on the manned flights.

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