TangoLab-1 was permanently installed onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on August 2nd at approximately 4:45am EDT. All flight computers are operating and all systems are reported “green” and functioning properly.

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TangoLab-1 was installed on Express Rack 4 in the Japanese experiment module, picture above. Image credit: jaxa.

TangoLab is a general research platform that enables users the ability to run experiments via an internet connection in a variety of environments that have previously been difficult & expensive to attain. The automated platform allows multiple CubeLab experiments to run automatically and simultaneously– up to 21 individual experiments can run at once. This reduces Astronaut interaction, which reduces costs and increases scalability.

Another unique feature of the platform is internet connectivity. Each experiment is connected to the internet and sends the data to the customer in through a user-interface called a “Customer Portal,” which enables near real-time access to the data from their experiment. The convergence of exceptional hardware and software engineering allows researchers to solely focus on their science as if it were on Earth.

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TangoLab-1 filled with 21 experiment units (7 per each of the three payload cards). During the first month of installation, power safety, data streaming, and heat mapping experiments will be conducted.

This milestone was achieved in large part because of the personal support, leadership and vision of Greg Schmidt, SSERVI’s Deputy Director and Director of International Partnerships.

“I am pleased that the State of Kentucky now has its own research facility on the ISS. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only state-based space program. SSERVI looks forward to continuing this journey with them,” said Schmidt.

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Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI/Space Tango

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