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NASA will hold a media telecon on April 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET to preview the next Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which is scheduled for launch on April 17 from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  This is the 11th mission in the Cygnus series, NG-11, which began when it was owned by Orbital Sciences Corps (“Orb” designations) and then Orbital ATK (“OA” designations) and now Northrop Grumman (“NG” designations).

Audio of the teleconference will be available on NASA Live.

According to NASA’s press release:

Pete Hasbrook, associate program scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Patrick O’Neill, senior manager of marketing and communications for the station’s National Lab, will provide an overview of the research and technology aboard Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft.

Also participating in Wednesday’s briefing are:

  • Richard L. Hughson, Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health and senior director of research at the University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, will discuss the Vascular Aging investigation, which analyzes ultrasounds of the arteries and wearable sensors of the space station crew members.
  • Roberto Piazza, professor of condensed matter physics, Polytechnic University of Milan, will discuss the Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-10 (ACE-T-10) investigation, which tests gels in a microgravity environment. Knowledge gained from this investigation can be applied in efforts to grow increasingly complex materials used to build new materials and equipment in space.
  • Trevor Castor, President and CEO of Aphios Corporation, will discuss Targeted Nanoparticles for Orphan and Chronic Diseasesin a Microgravity Environment Using Green SuperFluids Technology (STaARS BioScience-11) investigation. Nanosomes or nanoparticle delivery systems are being studied for use in targeting chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and HIV. Nanoparticles created in microgravity are much smaller, enhancing drug uptake and delivery. This approach potentially reduces the required dose per treatment and decreases cost per dose.
  • Laura Shaw, International Space Station Program Lead for Exploration Life Support Systems, and John Garr, Exploration Life Support System Integrator, will discuss the Thermal Amine Scrubber, a technology that tests a method to remove carbon dioxide from air aboard the orbiting outpost. NASA will use the station as the testbed to evolve the station’s life support system into an evolved system for use on Gateway to support missions to the Moon and eventually for Mars missions.
  • Brian Banker,Seeker deputy project manager, will discuss Seeker, a flying robot prototype to be used outside spacecraft to perform inspections. This investigation will take place after the Cygnus resupply spacecraft leaves the space station and will fly the robot on basic maneuvers to take high-resolution images of Cygnus.


April 6, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm