GREENVILLE, Ind. (April 6, 2020) – Commercial space company Techshot Inc., used its space-based 3D bioprinter, called the BioFabrication Facility, or BFF, to successfully manufacture test prints of a partial human meniscus aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last month. The meniscus pattern was manufactured for the company’s customer, the 4-Dimensional Bioprinting, Biofabrication, and Biomanufacturing, or 4D Bio3 program, based at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). The program is a collaboration between the university and The Geneva Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances military medical research.(more…)
GREENVILLE, Ind. (March 2, 2020) – Commercial space company Techshot Inc., will send equipment and samples supporting plant, heart and cartilage research for three of its customers to the International Space Station (ISS) on SpaceX mission CRS-20. Scheduled to launch at 11:50 p.m. EST on March 6 from space launch complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the unpiloted cargo spacecraft is expected to arrive at the orbiting laboratory two days later. Techshot customers on board CRS-20 include NASA, Emory University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).(more…)
GREENVILLE, Ind. (February 7, 2020) – Techshot supplies supporting experiments scheduled for later this year are expected to launch to the International Space Station at 5:39 a.m. EST Sunday, February 9 aboard an uncrewed Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo freighter. The mission, known as NG-13, will launch from pad OA at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Space Port in Wallops Island, Virginia.(more…)
GREENVILLE, Ind. (January 7, 2020) – A 3D bioprinter privately owned by an American company has successfully printed with a large volume of human heart cells aboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Owned by Techshot Inc., a commercial operator of microgravity research and manufacturing equipment, the 3D BioFabrication Facility (BFF) was developed in partnership with nScrypt, a manufacturer of industrial 3D bioprinters and electronics printers. The tissue-like constructs return to Earth this week inside a SpaceX capsule.(more…)
GREENVILLE, Ind. (July 16, 2019) – We’re grateful to be selected to provide the Techshot Multi-use Variable-gravity Platform (MVP), and integration services, for this terrific space research campaign scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Sunday, July 21 aboard SpaceX mission CRS-18. Our NASA Ames Research Center NASA Space Biology customers have been amazing to work with preparing for the MVP-Cell-02 experiment. Checkout the link below for more about this first-of-its-kind project. https://www.nasa.gov/ames/research/space-biosciences/mvp-cell-02-spacex-18
GREENVILLE, Ind. (June 3, 2019) – Two high-tech companies have teamed up to develop the first 3D printer capable of manufacturing human tissue in the microgravity condition of space. Techshot Inc., a commercial developer and operator of spaceflight equipment; and nScrypt, a manufacturer of the world’s most advanced industrial 3D bioprinters and electronics printers, developed the 3D BioFabrication Facility (BFF). The BFF will use adult human cells (such as stem or pluripotent cells) and adult tissue-derived proteins as its bioink to create viable tissue. A small bio-ink startup, Bioficial Organs, also was consulted on the project. It will launch to the International Space Station in July aboard the SpaceX CRS-18 cargo mission from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.(more…)
Techshot Research Equipment Launching Aboard SpaceX Mission CRS-17
— Specially Developed Experiment Modules Contain MIT Tissue Chips —
GREENVILLE, Ind. (April 26, 2019) – An uncrewed SpaceX cargo resupply spacecraft scheduled to launch to the International Space Station May 1 will contain experiment modules specially-developed by Techshot Inc., for a Massachusetts Institute of Technology tissue chip experiment. Tissue chip devices are designed as accurate models of the structure and function of human tissues such as the lungs, liver, heart and bone.
Cargo Spacecraft Adding Techshot Equipment to International Space Station
— 2019 Expected to be Most Active Year for the Company’s Operations in Space —
GREENVILLE, Ind. (April 15, 2019) – With this week’s launch of the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems uncrewed Cygnus cargo spacecraft on resupply mission NG-11 to the International Space Station, Techshot Inc., begins what is expected to be its most active year in space operations. The commercial space payload developer expects to launch its equipment to the station aboard every American resupply mission in 2019.
Techshot to Provide Partial Gravity for Cement Solidification Test Aboard International Space Station
— Study expected to aid the design of space habitats and improve cement processing techniques on Earth —
GREENVILLE, Ind. (November 12, 2018) – The Techshot Multi-use Variable-g Platform (MVP), a privately-owned and operated device aboard the International Space Station (ISS) designed to conduct research at varying gravity levels, will this month host a Pennsylvania State University experiment studying how cement may behave on the surfaces of extraterrestrial bodies. Cement and MVP experiment modules are expected to launch November 15 aboard an uncrewed Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo vehicle on mission NG-10 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia.
Remarks by Techshot President, CEO John C. Vellinger
President Trump, Vice President Pence, distinguished members of the National Space Council; it’s an honor to appear before you today, here at the White House.
I’d like to describe how Techshot, the company I co-founded in Indiana nearly 30 years ago, is an innovation engine that uses space to help make life better here on earth, while also enabling deep space exploration.