Northrop Grumman, SpaceX & ISS Flown 6" x 4" ISS 20 Flag
Your very own "ISS 20" flag which will be flown to the International Space Station in September 2020 in what will be a six month and 75 million mile journey, before being returned to you on Earth!
LAUNCH DATE: September 2020
Please Note: Flight schedule is subject to change at NASA's discretion
In September 2020, alongside our flight partner, we will be launching a payload up to the International Space Station, where it will orbit outside of the ISS for six months, where it will be exposed to the extreme environment of space! On board will be one of these "ISS 20" flags!
Flight Package Includes:
- x1 Space Flown 6" x 4" "ISS 20" Flag
- Flight Documentation & Photographs
- Certificate of Authenticity
How does it work?
Before launch, the contents of our payload are integrated into the carriers in a class 10k clean room, where any residual contamination is removed from contents using a thermal vacuum chamber. When the payload is flight certified, it is loaded onto the rocket and launches into space.
After being launched into space, the payload is installed on the MISSE tray by the crew of the space station. The payload then exits the airlock, and once outside, the robotic arm picks up the payload and maneuvers into position aboard the MISSE testing facility, which is near the ISS solar arrays, where it will orbit Earth for around six months.
During this period, the payload and its contents are exposed to the extreme environment of space. This exposure includes the extreme temperatures of space, as well as electromagnetic radiation such as x-ray, proton, neutron, gamma and cosmic rays, microgravity, and the vacuum of space. Then after its 75 million mile journey is complete, the payload is retrieved once more by the robotic arm and then returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Then, when all of the final return checks and procedures are completed, we send it straight to your door.
When will I receive my flown flag?
The flight is scheduled for launch on Grumman Cygnus NG-14 in September 2020, and the mission duration will be approximately six months. After the payload returns to Earth in March 2021, it takes NASA 4-6 weeks to complete the return procedures. At which time, we will collect the payload and dispatch your space flown artifact straight to your door. The overall timeline will likely be April-May 2021.
With that said, due to the nature of spaceflight, there can be unforeseen events that are beyond our control, i.e., flight delays due to weather. This may result in delays that could potentially extend the timeframe in which your space flown artifact will be returned to you.
Please Note: These space flown flags are non-refundable.