Once to the ISS and successfully back: ScienceBoxes from Spanflug production  

Spanflug manufactures aluminum components for space biotech company Yuri GmbH, supporting scientific research in space 

When the SpaceX rocket lifts off with the CRS-27 capsule from the legendary Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 14, 2023, bound for the International Space Station (ISS), natural science projects of the Mission Ueberflieger2 in aluminum boxes manufactured by Spanflug on board.

As a joint project of the Space Biotech Company Yuri, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), the mission offers three German and one Luxembourg student team the opportunity to send their scientific experiments to the ISS as a payload. 

These were carefully prepared by the teams with the utmost commitment and placed in aluminum boxes measuring 200 x 100 x 100 mm. After four weeks on the ISS, the boxes and their contents recently landed safely back on Earth. Now the evaluation of the research results is in full swing.

Take Off
The research teams were allowed to be there live for the launch of the SpaceX rocket that transported their ScienceBoxes to the ISS.
For safe transport to the ISS and back, the research teams placed their science experiment in one of the aluminum boxes manufactured in Spanflug's manufacturing network.
In the ScienceBox of the Glücksklee team from Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP), plant growth is studied under zero gravity. A camera transmits the process live to Earth.
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Spot on delivery time

"A request for hardware to fly into space is already a very special thing for us," says Managing Director Markus Westermeier about the project for customer Yuri. "And for an order with the note 'the rocket is not waiting for us...' we naturally do everything we can to make at least a precision landing in terms of delivery time." 

"As an aerospace startup from Lake Constance, we have been happy Spanflug customers almost since our founding. We know that Spanflug can be relied on even and especially for time-sensitive jobs," comments Mark Kugel, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Yuri GmbH. "The requirements were high. The bottom and top parts of the cubes had to fit perfectly on top of each other. Especially when it came to shortening the delivery time, our contacts at Spanflug were able to implement a clean and flexible solution for us."

Spanflug is extremely proud to have played a small part in the success of the mission and thus to be able to support research in space.

Pictures: Yuri GmbH

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