Redwire Team Complete Successful Experiments with Redwire’s PFMI Facility on the ISS

Redwire Team Complete Successful Experiments with Redwire’s PFMI Facility on the ISS

Redwire Team and Astronauts Completed successful 20 days on-orbit experiments with Redwire’s PFMI Facility on the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Frank Rubio, Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, have successfully completed 20 days of on-orbit experiments with the Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation facility, or PFMI, as part of the Asymmetric Sawtooth and Cavity-Enhanced Nucleation-Driven Transport (PFMI-ASCENT) investigation. The astronauts exchanged samples for PFMI-ASCENT inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox on the International Space Station (ISS) in December 2022 and January 2023. At the end of the 20-day experiment cycle, the furnace was removed from the Glovebox and placed into storage until its next investigation.

Using the Redwire-managed PFMI facility, PFMI-ASCENT is a space physics study that demonstrates a passive cooling system for electronic devices in microgravity using a micro-structured surface. The study is a collaboration between the University of California-Davis and Auburn University. All science data from the experiment has been collected and sent to the investigators. 

The astronauts performing on-station experiments were a crucial component to achieving experiment objectives and collecting science data. The Redwire team also played a critical role in the success of the study.  “We’ve recognized the PFMI team with Redwire’s Above and Beyond award because of their overall excellence and tireless effort in achieving the investigation’s objectives and completing the investigation’s experiments,” said Rachel Ormsby, Redwire’s lead on the PFMI program and a mechanical engineer.  The team was also recognized by our customer for their exemplary work.

The objective of PFMI-ASCENT is to help with the design of passive cooling systems for spacecraft electronics, which are often limited by available space and electric power, and for consumer electronics on Earth. PFMI will be used by additional investigators in the future. 

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BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


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GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


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Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


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Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


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NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013