Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy’s first female astronaut was expected to take the coffee maker along with her, when she left for ISS. But the launch date of the device was postponed for undisclosed reasons. The company now believes that the espresso machine will be delivered to ISS in April next year.
The 20 kg machine, dubbed ISSpresso, was designed by the Italian coffee makers Lavazza, along with an aerospace firm Argotec – a firm who specializes in making space food. It is consists of steel tubes which transport water while being able to tolerate 400 bars of pressure.
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.
“We have been thinking about taking the espresso into space for some time… In fact, today we are in a position to overcome the limits of weightlessness and enjoy a good espresso — the indisputable symbol of made in Italy products,” said the Giuseppe Lavazza, vice-president of Lavazza in a press release.
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SOURCE: The Voice Chronicle