On May 4th, 2018, the SpaceX Dragon capsule will return to Earth after spending a month at the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon capsule arrived to the ISS on April 4th when it delivered more than three tons of goods including food, supplies, and research materials from Luna Innovations. Luna’s technology development division (Luna Labs) has been awarded several contracts for new materials development in support of critical NASA missions. Three of these developmental space materials were onboard the Dragon cargo carrier and are among many other research materials mounted to NASA’s new Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-9) flight facility. The MISSE-9 will be installed on the exterior of the ISS rotating laboratory. After prolonged exposure to outer space, Luna’s samples will be returned to Earth for performance evaluations, advancing Luna’s evaluation of how these materials will perform for NASA.
|SEM image of control textile|
|Luna Spacesuit Textile w/ Polyurethane Membrane|