A supply ship shot at the International Space Station on Saturday with sports car parts, a cookie baking oven, and a radiation protection vest.
Northrop Grumman launched his Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) should reach orbital on Monday.
"It's a good start," said a ground checker.
Space Station astronauts will test the oven by baking chocolate chip cookies and try out the new safety vest to measure comfort Experiments are considered precursors to lunar and Martian travel.
More new arrivals will be used later this month for a series of NASA spacewalks to repair an important particle physics detector. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer needs new cooling pumps to continue its search for elusive dark matter and antimatter.
The Italian Lamborghini is also involved: For six months, it sends direct carbon fiber samples from its sports cars to space: researchers are considering which materials should be used for medical implants.
Like the universe, the interior of a person's body is an extreme environment, explained Alessandro Grattoni of Houston Methodist o collaborating on the experiment with Lamborghini. As a nanomedicine specialist, he was on Friday in search of new materials for devices that are put under the skin. These tiny implants release therapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer, hormone deficiency and other diseases.
Northrop Grumman now controls two Cygnus capsules in orbit, a premiere for the Virginia-based company. Named after the swan constellation, the Cygnus, which was launched last spring, flies free of the 400-kilometer space station after completing its grocery run. It will come in the near future to a fiery re-entry, which brings the garbage of stations according to company officials.
The newest Cygnus is officially called S.S. Alan Bean, after the Apollo 1
NASA has signed a deal with Northrop Grumman and SpaceX to keep the space station in storage. This is Northrop Grumman's 12th successful Cygnus flight since 2013. The company has upgraded both its Cygnus and its Antares rocket to carry more cargo from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's east coast.
The space station currently has three Americans, two Russians and one Italian.