Astronauts will no longer have to worry about getting their Italian coffee up there while hovering around in space. Thanks to a newly designed zero gravity machine, which will be shipped there soon, they can now enjoy their hot delicious cup.
Samantha Cristoforetti, captain in the Italian air force who will also be the first female Italian to fly in the space will have an added achievement attached to her endeavor. She will also be the first person to take authentic Italian espresso maker in the space.
The machine which will produce this coffee is called ‘The ISSpresso machine’. The custom made coffee machine was made by the Italian coffee LavAzza, along with an aerospace firm Argotec – a firm who specializes in making space food.
Antonio Pilello, a spokesperson for Argotec said, “The fluid dynamic in a microgravity environment is different from the one observed on Earth. Since you are weightless in orbit, there is no up, down, left nor right. For this reason we designed our system to be capable of making coffees without being affected by gravity”.
The ISSpresso machine is not like any ordinary coffee machine. It is super leak proof to avoid hot liquid from leaking and floating on astronauts or on important electrical machinery. The machine is attached with special Capri Sun-esque pouches, which will stop the liquid from bubbling and allow the astronaut to easily slurp the liquid.
David Avino, Argotec’s director general added,”ISSpresso is a technological achievement that conforms to the technical requirements and ultra-strict security measures imposed on us by the Italian space agency.”
Cristoforetti who will stay in ISS till May 2015, will carry this device in space when she travels along with an American, Terry Virts, and Russian Anton Shkaplerov in a Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will join American astronaut American Barry Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, who are returning to Earth in March.