About Zero G Kitchen
Based in New York City, Zero G Kitchen was founded with a goal of building a kitchen in space, piece-by-piece, and offering its use to a variety of food researchers, educators and companies with an interest in the future of food and household appliances in space. Funded by its founders, Ian and Jordana Fichtenbaum, Zero G Kitchen is leading the way with its first appliance: a small space oven.
About the Space Oven
Description – The Zero G Kitchen Space Oven is a cylindrical-shaped insulated container designed to hold and bake sealed food samples in the zero-gravity environment of the International Space Station. The oven allows food samples to be placed in a tray where they will be held steady inside the oven while baking is occurred. A cooling rack is also integrated into the outside of the oven.
The insulation and venting mechanisms allow the oven to operate safety in the controlled environment of the International Space Station. To date, the oven design has passed all safety reviews and is handed over to NASA in preparation for flight.
Where it was built – At NanoRacks’ facility in Texas, in collaboration with Zero G Kitchen
Where it will be installed – In NanoRacks’ Frame 3, currently located in the U.S. Destiny module of the International Space Station
Targeted launch date – Fall 2019 (timing to be confirmed)
Oven interior dimensions – 4.2” X 8.8” length, for a total interior volume of 122 in^3 (approximately 2U)
Heating method – Electric coils, powered by electricity drawn from the International Space Station’s internal power system
Food packaging – Sealed silicone pouches, allowing a clear view of the contents while keeping crumbs from affecting the space station environment
Cooking options – Custom trays to allow baking, grilling, pan cook, and griddle modes of cooking in a microgravity environment
Maximum internal temperature – 350 degrees F / 177 degrees C
NanoRacks is proudly democratizing the utilization of the low-earth orbit region of space. NanoRacks an entrepreneurial company that was the first to market its own hardware and services onboard the International Space Station. Today, NanoRacks is the largest private investor in the International Space Station and is the market leader for access to low-Earth orbit. By providing a commercial pathway to using the Space Station, it has helped usher in a new chapter of the space frontier: making space just another place to do business. The Company has flown nearly 800 payloads to the Space Station to date.
NanoRacks’ vision is to bring together three concepts as our driving force: low-cost, standardization of hardware, and understanding the customer.
The company’s customers include everyone from high schools to government space agencies, all who pay for its services on a commercial basis. The client base includes NASA, international space agencies, Spire, Planet Labs, biopharmaceutical firms, countless startups and young space companies, and dozens of high schools and universities. NanoRacks has brought organizations to space from Romania to Israel, from Peru to the United Arab Emirates, as well as Vietnam, Japan, Canada and the U.K., and of course, the United States.
NanoRacks’ services include small satellite deployment, microgravity research opportunities, advanced earth observation platforms, and more—wherever there is a need for space goods or services, NanoRacks seeks to be part of the commercial solution.
As the company enters its tenth year of operations, NanoRacks is no longer only operating onboard the space station. For customers looking to fly suborbital or go beyond low-Earth orbit, to Lunar and beyond, they are also providing cutting edge space products and services.
In 2017, the Company announced their long-term plans via the NanoRacks Space Outpost Program. This program is dedicated to the repurposing of the upper stages of launch vehicles in-space and converting these structures into commercial habitats, both humanly and robotically tended, throughout the solar system.
About the International Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. The ISS is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. It consists of pressurized habitation modules, structural trusses, solar arrays, radiators, docking ports, experiment bays and robotic arms.
The ISS’ first component launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000, and it has been inhabited continuously since that date. The station is expected to operate until 2030.
The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields. The station is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars. The ISS maintains an orbit with an altitude of between 205 and 270 miles. It circles the Earth in roughly 92 minutes and completes 15.5 orbits per day.
The ISS program is a joint project between five participating space agencies: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities (funded by the Russian Federation), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), European Space Agency (ESA), and Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The ownership and use of the space station are established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements. The station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) and the United States Orbital Segment (USOS), which is shared by many nations.