Space Tango Successfully Installs Payloads on ISS

Researchers to Begin Receiving CRS-14 Mission Data Next Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2018) – Space Tango, Inc. installed customer research payloads onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on April 5th at 1:00 PM EST after the successful docking of the SpaceX Dragon Commercial Resupply Services-14 (CRS-14) cargo spacecraft. These payloads will autonomously run microgravity experiments until their return to Earth in May.

SpaceX CRS-14 Space Tango
The official Space Tango SpaceX CRS-14 mission patch.

NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Scott Tingle removed the eight customer research payloads from the docked Dragon module, and installed them in the TangoLab facilities. These facilities will allow Space Tango’s ground station to collect data and images in near real-time while allowing researchers to monitor their payloads’ progress during it’s approximate month-long stay aboard the ISS.

“The Space Tango team is extremely happy with the installations on Thursday,” said co-founder and CEO Twyman Clements. “While this wraps up a busy week here we’ll begin downlinking data for our customers to see their science in progress early next week. We are pleased to continue developing new designs and methods that make using microgravity easier for research and manufacturing.”

Space Tango payloads recently delivered and installed for the CRS-14 mission include:


Quest Institute
The Effect of BAM-FX Nutrient Solution on Plant Growth in Microgravity is one of four independent experiments within this payload led by the Quest Institute. This experiment will examine the effect of microgravity on plant growth properties using the Bio-Available Mineral Formula-X medium. The second experiment – the Effects of an Electric Field on Plant Growth in Microgravity – will observe the seed germination and tolerance after exposure to an electric field in microgravity. The third and fourth experiment will assess the Behavior of Heat and Humidity in Microgravity based on different heating and cooling methods.

Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science
The primary purpose of this payload – led by the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science – is to measure the time dilation effect according to Einstein’s theories. The experiment will illustrate the performance of a nanosecond precise clock design. The secondary payload’s scientific purpose is to determine the mutation rate of isolated plasmid DNA over an extended period of time on the ISS. The DNA sample will be sequenced before and after going to space, and the number of mutations will be compared to a terrestrial control.

Higer Orbits
In this educational venture led by the Higher Orbits Go For Launch! program, the effectiveness of lactobacillus probiotics in the space environment will be analyzed. The yeast involved in the study, Candida Albicans, is known to be responsible for a variety of systemic and superficial infections in immune-weakened systems. The intent of this study is to develop a more complete understanding of the process by which lactobacillus is able to control Candida growth.

The Life Cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana in Microgravity project is an educational/research venture led by the (Berkeley, CA). The purpose of this project is to study how different growth phases of Arabidopsis thaliana are affected by a microgravity environment, specifically investigating plant germination and early growth stages.

Barley is a versatile grain equipped with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential to health. This project, led by Anheuser-Busch – evaluates the germination and seedling phases of barley seeds that are grown in a microgravity environment. Morphological and genetic effects of the environment are assessed during orbit and return. By furthering the knowledge of barley’s response to microgravity, investigators find ways to adapt the grain for long-duration spaceflight.

Space Tango
The Space Tango Fan investigation is designed to verify the Fan Module’s ability to take air coming into the facility and direct it towards specific elements to keep them internally cooler. Successful demonstration of the Tango Fan Module makes more, and different, scientific investigations possible aboard the space station.