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An Adidas experiment and whole new exterior facility head to ISS next month

March 2 is the planned launch date for SpaceX’s 20th ISS resupply mission, which is bringing the usual supplies and goodies, plus a payload of interesting experiments from partners and paying customers. And a big expansion to Europe’s Columbus Module.
The most ridiculous has to be Adidas’s “BOOST in Space” effort. The company creates its midsoles by fusing together thousands of tiny foam spheres. But sadly, this is generally done on Earth, where there’s gravity. So of course they want to try it in space to see what they can learn.
An Adidas experiment and whole new exterior facility head to ISS next month

“Microgravity enables a closer look at the factors behind pellet motion and location, which could enhance manufacturing processes as well as product performance and comfort,” the project description reads. It also makes for a great stunt. The revelations from this toaster-sized device will surely lead to better shoes.
It’s funny, but as always with these commercial operations it’s pretty cool that it’s possible to just decide to do some experimenting in the ISS.
Microgravity is a sought-after condition and several of the other research projects going up rely on it as well. Another commercial operation is from Delta, the faucet maker, which thinks it might be able to learn something about droplet formation and create more efficient showers and such.
An Adidas experiment and whole new exterior facility head to ISS next month
Gut tissue isn’t normally this blue, but that’s not an effect of microgravity.
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