The Japanese HTV-9 Kounotori cargo craft is going to supply science equipment to ISS, marking a milestone towards the lunar mission. These equipment form the basis of voyages to the space ecosystem.
EXpedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station, EXPRESS, racks form a part of this cargo that is heading to the ISS. These racks are going to facilitate the conducting of research experiments in space. The reason for this is that they have communication mechanisms, temperature regulators, power, and protective storage containers.
Bobby Watkins, a manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, says that these racks are the long-sought-after science equipment for space research. He details that the frames are going to ensure a safe and luxurious space exploration. The first racks delivery was by STS-100 to ISS in 2001. These, among other racks, have been in use since then for science experiments. The latest rack is to be in space by the end of 2020. The EXPRESS racks are an invention for the space shuttle program to conduct science experiments. Glasgow says that these first racks are the basis for developing the current, more extensive, and efficient stands.
Glasgow highlights that EXPRESS Racks contain engineering technology that is going to facilitate the development of hardware for solar system exploration. He says that engineering is the backbone of NASA’s achievements for over 20 years. There is hope that the science and exploratory missions in the future will be successful with the advancement in these Racks.
Funded by NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the EXPRESS Racks were developed by engineers at the Boeing Co. And Marshall, which jointly built and tested the racks at Marshall in the late 1990s.
Engineers are the developers of EXPRESS racks, which have been funded by Johnson Space Center. These engineers are usually at the Boeing Co. And Marshall. This company is responsible for the training of NASA personnel and the invention and development of space station hardware. Over 50 experiments take place in these racks at any given time. NASA has conducted trials in these racks totaling 80 years of operational hours. Shaun Glasgow says that the science experiments done in these racks are overwhelming even as they prepare for other solar system exploits.
Finally, the installation of the new rack brings the total to eleven. Each rack has eight lockers and two drawers for storing payloads. Experiments can be removed and returned to earth if they are within the time limit.