March 21, 2024

Space Tango Donates Spaceflight Hardware to Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2024) – Space Tango, a commercial space industry leader in hardware, software, and automation, is proud to announce the donation of a heritage flight CubeLab™ to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

This donation represents Space Tango’s contribution to space exploration history and will allow millions of Smithsonian visitors to experience innovations in space technology firsthand.

“We are thrilled to donate our flight-proven spaceflight CubeLabs to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum,” said S. Sita Sonty, Space Tango CEO. “These CubeLabs represent the ingenuity, commitment, and spirit of exploration that define humanity’s journey into space. We are honored to contribute to the museum’s global mission as we inspire future generations to unearth answers.”

The donated hardware includes two Space Tango CubeLabs™ – a one-unit CubeLab and a custom four-unit CubeLab featuring an acrylic window for easy viewing of an automated tissue chip science interface system. CubeLabs provides a standardized environment for iterative research, data collection, and in-space manufacturing.  This automated hardware enables rapid data analytics and scalable production of various life and material science products in space.

More than 260 CubeLabs have hosted investigations on the International Space Station over 35 missions. The donated spacecraft have played a crucial role in advancing our understanding of space and provide the basis for commercial in-space manufacturing.

“We are pleased to have Space Tango’s CubeLabs join the national collection,” said Emily A. Margolis, curator of contemporary spaceflight at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. “Within the upcoming “At Home in Space” exhibition, these artifacts will allow us to share with our visitors the innovative ways science is conducted on the International Space Station to benefit life back on Earth.”

The donated spaceflight hardware will go on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum when the “At Home in Space” exhibition opens in 2026.



About Space Tango

Space Tango is an industry leader in automated systems in the pursuit of health and technology manufacturing in space.  Since 2017, Space Tango has provided facilities to support iterative R&D and manufacturing in microgravity environments.  Through an integrated and intuitive approach, Space Tango works alongside its diverse partner base to embrace pathways to production. For more information, visit


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