ISS, Joshua Hall, Isis discussed on Stuff To Blow Your Mind


All right, we're back. It is. It's the twenty first century. Bring bring me technology. Yeah, we have humans in space. We don't have any. We haven't been back to the moon. We haven't sent people to Mars or Venus as far as you know. Well, I know I'm gonna say, I know for certain that hasn't happened, but we have come up with ingenious solutions for putting hot coffee in people's faces without burning them or making them clamp their mouth over the top of the Cup, like a cone head, right, it is it. It truly is joking aside. It is a testament to human engineering that we actually have an Espresso machine. That functions in orbit in is functioning in orbit right now. It's pretty awesome. Yeah, it's called the, they call it the ISS press. Oh. It's the is I'm not sure exactly how we should. We should. We should pronounce it on the show. Here. I s s s s press because then it ends with the s. Espresso. Yeah, it's, I think it di- over thinking it here definitely works better reading it in your head versus speaking out, but but yeah, this is this is the device. Some of the key design challenge is here of course, is we've discussed come down to water containment and sanitation you wanna keep the heated water contained. You can't just be leaking out over the place and and it has to do its thing with with the grind, the grounds as well. You wanted to absorb the exact. Oh, you know, correct amount of oil as it passes through at the correct temperature. Also, you're gonna have a big problem if your machine is difficult to clean. Yes. Yeah, it it basically has to be self cleaning or just a very clean processes to begin with. You can't again, there's no kitchen sink. The can take the thing apart in at the end of the day, there has to be. A better way. Yes, and and there is so as detailed in the in the right up, ISS press, o development and operations by Vallario Daytona and Joshua hall published in the journal of space, safety engineering, and twenty fifteen Italian designers at the engineering firm. Argo tech worked with the Lavazza coffee company and the Italian space agency, and they set out to conquer all of these challenges and bring a new kind of coffee into orbit to to create what had we've come to know as the ISIS press. Oh, well ahead to just openly celebrate cultural stereotypes, but I'm glad it was the Italians who made it happen. Yeah, it feels right, doesn't it? And I think they realized that too. They said, look, somebody's gotta step up and make coffee work in microgravity and it. It should be the Italians. So the the finished result is in many ways, a kind of super Keurig Cup machine. Okay. It looks kind of like a three d. printers. Well, nice. If you look at the images of it. So here's what the device does pretty straightforward except you know, highly engineered. You add the water, it heats it up it, shoots it through prepackaged capsule and into a pouch, which then is either consumed from straw that was the original design or now is actually added to our special zero g Cup. Well, that sounds nice, but also makes it sound very simple. I suspect you're skipping a little bit of detail. Yes. So there are a number of details here is more complicated. It sounds for starters, you still have to hit some key temperatures to make a proper Cup of coffee. Oh, yeah. So it needs to hit the water needs to hit the grounds at two hundred and eight degrees Fahrenheit or annoyed ninety eight degrees centigrade and it needs to leave the brewing unit at one hundred sixty seven degrees Fahrenheit or seventy five degrees centigrade. This is a home coffee making tip if your home coffee machine makes bad coffee..

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