Our Tango-Lab1 facility will leave the atmosphere in mid July, traveling aboard SpaceX’s 9th resupply mission. Once aboard the International Space Station, the microwave-sized lab will be installed in the Japanese Experiment module of the station, called Kibo. Check out the map below to get an idea as to where we’ll be on the station:

Image Credits: National Geographic

Our set-up is completely automated, with no interaction from the astronauts when it comes to running day-to-day experiment tasks. Once the TangoLab is installed, the only human involvement necessary comes when payload cards are switched out. These payload cards house our cube labs, and allow for real time access to experimental data through a cloud-based portal. By limiting the need for astronaut involvement, experiments can be run at a much lower cost!