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. 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 microgravity environment of the ISS. The oven allows food samples to be placed in a tray where they are held steady inside the oven while baking occurs. 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 ISS. The oven passed all of NASA’s safety reviews prior to flight.
Where it was built – At Nanoracks’ facility in Texas, in collaboration with Zero G Kitchen
Where it was installed – In Nanoracks’ Frame 3, located in the U.S. Destiny module of the ISS
Launch date, time and location – 9:59 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
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 ISS’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 – 325 degrees F / 162 degrees C
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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 Nov. 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.
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