ISS to get Real Italian Espresso Machine ISSpresso
Now, astronauts no more require complaining over unavailability of hot cup of coffee at the International Space Station.
Italy's coffee maestro Lavazza teamed up with a Turin-based engineering company, Argotec, and the Italian Space Agency to address the concern of astronauts aboard the orbiting outpost.
They have designed a special space espresso machine called ISSpresso that will provide brewing cup of coffee to astronauts. The machine will be sent early next year from Wallops Island, Va. Its launch time coincides with the six-month mission of Italy's first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti.
Cristoforetti, 37, a fighter pilot and Italian Air Force captain will travel to the space station in November. She tweeted that she will get a chance to operate the first space espresso machine.
Not only coffee, but ISSpresso is able to whip up tea and consommé as well. Argotec spokesman Antonio Pilello said he has tested the ISSpresso and has given it thumbs up. "You know, coffee is very important for Italian people. We are really hard to please about it!", said Pilello.
The space machine will operate at the same temperature and pressure as earthly espresso makers. By this, astronauts can ensure that they will be able to get same coffee that they have while they are on earth.
ISSpresso has got approval from NASA and initially, it will fly with 20 coffee capsules. If the test run goes well then extra packets will be provided for the six-month crew. The machine weighing 44 pounds is 14 inches by 17 inches in dimension. Resembling to a microwave oven, the machine will be housed in the US laboratory. All astronauts are assuring that they will now get best coffee that they have ever had in space.
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