ORBIT COFFEE

FRESH COFFEE FOR YOUR DAILY 16 MORNINGS

Research on how centripetal force is exerted in microgravity  

Thomas Pesquet testing centripetal force and slush on board the ISS

WHY COFFEE?

In order to accomodate crew members of long duration missions, we must design systems and objects that mimic earth routines, incorporating familiar activities into their microgravity daily schedules. 

The Orbit Coffee Machine was designed to provide astronauts with an immersive experience of making their daily coffee while on board the ISS or other microgravity habitats.

PREPARATION PROCESS

FORCES USED

CENTRIPETAL FORCE

Allows the user's action of spinning the coffee machine to direct beverage into the coffee cups located at the extremes of the capsule

CAPILLARY ACTION

Once inside the cups, Capillary Action prevents the beverage from coming out again and possibly "spilling" on the crew member. 

MICROGRAVITY

Fundamental force acting on the coffee machine. Microgravity allows the object to float and other force-based systems to work. 

Physical prototype

Kjell N. Lindgren enjoying some coffee on board the ISS