Mango Materials entered the next phase of research with NASA by being selected to test the technology on a commerical flight test. As part of the Flight Opportunities program, 31 technologies were chosen for testing aboard parabolic aircraft, high-altitude balloons, and suborbital rocket-powered systems. “By exposing the innovations to many of the rigors and characteristics of spaceflight – without the expense of an orbital flight – NASA can help ensure these technologies work correctly when they are deployed on future missions.”
The Mango Materials team and partners will test their membrane-based bioreactor system on ZERO-G’s G-Force One. This aircraft allows the opportunity to explore the effects of a weightless environment on the technology and gather data to understand how to deploy this on future space missions.
To read more about the 31 companies selected as part of the Flight Opportunities program, click here.