ISSpresso (ISSpresso) - 11.22.16

Overview | Description | Applications | Operations | Results | Publications | Imagery

ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
Crew members on long-duration space missions frequently miss the comforts of home, from favorite meals to a fresh cup of coffee. ISSpresso is an espresso maker for the International Space Station (ISS) that crew members use to make tea, coffee, broth, or other hot beverages they might enjoy.
Science Results for Everyone
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Experiment Details

OpNom: ISSpresso

Principal Investigator(s)
David Avino, Argotec, Torino, Italy

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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Developer(s)
Argotec, Torino, Italy

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Research Benefits
Earth Benefits, Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
March 2015 - March 2016

Expeditions Assigned
43/44,45/46

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

The ISSpresso provides:
  • Espresso,
  • Teas,
  • Consommé
  • Other hot beverages,
  • "A taste of home".
 

Description
ISSpresso is an on board espresso maker that produces hot beverages, and consommé. Water at room temperature is heated and, under pressure, used to create an espresso for the crew member. The ISSpresso is not much larger than a typical espresso machine that would be found on the ground. 

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Applications

Space Applications
ISSpresso is not much larger than a typical Earth-based espresso machine, and produces espresso, broth or tea. Water at room temperature is heated and pressurized to brew espresso, improving food options and variety for orbiting crew members.
 

Earth Applications
The technology developed to provide espresso, and other hot beverages, in a microgravity environment could lead to new or improved brewing methods and techniques in Earth-based applications.

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Operations

Operational Requirements and Protocols

The ISSpresso requires 120V DC power which is obtained at the Utility Outlet Panel (UOP) on the ISS.  Additionally, the ISSpresso requires use of a NASA standard drink bag that interfaces with the Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) in the US LAB. A few minutes of crew time is required for each drink to brew.

ISSpresso is installed near a UOP that supplies 120V DC power. After ISSpresso is physically and electrically connected, a Water Pouch is installed, and the unit is powered on. In order to utilize the ISSpresso, a NASA standard drink bag is installed, along with a capsule containing the beverage item that the crew member wishes to drink. After the item has been brewed, the used capsule and the drink bag are removed. ISSpresso is then powered off, the Water Pouch removed. ISSpresso is then disconnected from the UOP, and it is removed and stowed.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites

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Imagery

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NASA Image: ISS043E160068 - ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti waits next to the newly installed ISSpresso machine. The espresso device allows crews to make tea, coffee, broth, or other hot beverages they might enjoy.

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image NASA Image: ISS043E160076 - ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is photographed next to the newly installed ISSpresso machine.
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NASA Image: ISS043E160241 - Image of the ISSpresso machine taken by the Expedition 43 crew. ISSpresso is an on board espresso maker that produces hot beverages and consommé.

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The ISSpresso machine. Image courtesy of the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

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