Space espresso for space tourists or using re-entry heat to roast coffee beans for Earth.
Last updated: 2020-09-05
- Hot beverages for astronauts and space tourists.
- Provide the comforts of home.
- Could lead to new or improved brewing methods and techniques on Earth.
- Popularize microgravity applications.
- Roasting coffee beans in space for more even heat transfer.
Why & Solution
Crew members on long-duration space missions frequently miss the comforts of home, from favorite meals to a fresh cup of coffee. ISSpresso is not much larger than a typical Earth-based espresso machine, and produces espresso, broth or tea.1
ISSpresso is the first capsule-based espresso system able to work in the microgravity and extreme conditions of space.
Argotec and Lavazza worked together with the Italian Space Agency (ASI), in a public-private partnership, to bring the authentic Italian espresso into the International Space Station (ISS).2
Argotec has already patented innovative technologies capable of eliminating the coffee and water deposits generated by machines on Earth, thus reducing water waste by up to 30%. ISSpresso as an onboard system of the Space Station and no longer an Italian experiment. It will remain on the Station and the resources needed to keep it operational will be provided by NASA.3
Space Roasters is an aerospace company specializing in delivering an out-of-this-world experience to our customers. We offer the opportunity to drink a cup of coffee whose beans have been roasted by the re-entry heat of the Earth’s atmosphere. Our patented technology allows for the beans to be evenly roasted to perfection by mitigating the effects of gravity.
In fact, the crew has successfully tested the capsule-based espresso machine ISSpresso created by Argotec for Lavazza — in a partnership with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) — which on 3 May 2015, during the Italian Futura mission, allowed Samantha Cristoforetti to drink the first espresso in micro-gravity conditions inhistory.
For three years, Argotec has been working on ANDROMEDA, a constellation of micro-satellites that will provide support to voice, video, and data transmission for scientific, technological, and commercial activities on the Moon. To improve this service, Argotec is also working on the first terminal that will be able to connect to this constellation, **providing a permanent connection to the rovers, landers and humans that will operate on the lunar surface and orbit. **
ERMES is a Lunar Smart Terminal: an innovative, small and portable device similar to a mobile phone on Earth that will facilitate remote connection for communication from the Moon to Earth through the ANDROMEDA satellite constellation. ERMES, named after the “messenger of the gods”, will be used to transmit data, video and voice from the Moon to improve the space missions’ daily activities.
Earthly Solution Risk
Brewed in space and will be consumed in space.