Espresso Machine Will Launch to Space Station
The “ISSPresso” machine, which is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station in April 2015 to make high-quality coffee for astronauts. Water enters the machine through the bottom bag, and coffee is pumped into the upper bag.
Moments after David Avino turned on an espresso machine in the middle of the International Astronomical Congress exhibition floor here Monday (Sept. 29), more than a dozen bystanders stopped in their tracks to watch it brew.
The machine — called ISSpresso — is a prototype similar to one that will fly to the International Space Station in April 2015 aboard Orbital Sciences’ robotic Cygnus cargo vessel. It will take astronauts only minutes to set up ISSpresso on the orbiting lab — all they’ll need to do is take out the box, secure the machine to the wall with bungee cords and get some water in a standard pouch. And then astronauts can enjoy some espresso with their space food.
Avino, managing director of Italian engineering and software firm Argotec, inserted a standard Lavazza espresso capsule into the top of the device. He placed a water pouch in the bottom and put in a second, smaller pouch to collect the coffee. [Watch a video about the space station espresso machine]
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