Orbiting over your head about sixteen times a day, the International Space Station assumes a role in our everyday lives that many do not know. While the research facilitates future endeavors beyond our current planet, it aids in many current studies.
What exactly goes on up there?
The ISS operates non-stop. It orbits Earth in 90 minutes, conducts an extensive amount of research, and hosts around 6 astronauts at a time. Primarily, the function of the ISS and its astronauts is to prepare human life for anything beyond Earth, particularly Mars. In recent years, more attention has accrued towards this idea because Elon Musk claims humans will be on Mars by 2024. Every activity, lab experiment, and second of work by these geniuses in space is focused towards the eventual expansion of human life. The ISS is functioned by multiple countries (primarily Russia and the US), but is being pushed by Tesla and many other private sector groups. Easy to say one big goal for a man is one giant task for mankind.
Research performed on the ISS laboratory involves terms and procedures far beyond the knowledge of a blogger like me, but we do know a few things of what they are aiming at:
- -Commercializing travel/orbit in space
- -Improving water purification efforts on Earth
- -Developing microgravity protein-based drugs (for muscular dystrophy, etc)
- -Finding new technologies to aid in cancer and other disease relief efforts
- -Monitoring natural disaster patterns
But…space and silicone?
Silicone Depot is the sealant supplier for tools used in the laboratory on the ISS. With the whole no-gravity thing going on up there, it is difficult to manage certain actions on the ISS that require gravity. For example, one of the highest-quality 3D printers is in the ISS. When the astronauts need to print an object necessary for research or survival, they use this 3D printer. But if the printer is not air-tight, the object being created would simply turn into an unstructured, floating, completely dysfunctional substance. Silicone Depot sealants keep this printer and other essentials closed shut so everything can run smoothly.
In other words, Silicone Depot is basically putting mankind on Mars by 2024. We may not be the actual space station or Elon Musk, but we’re getting the job done where we can…always. Check out how our sealants can help you get your job done while we're still here on Earth.
Sealant and other adhesive products have many uses beyond home construction and repair. In fact, it’s texture, adhesion, and ease of use make them an excellent tools or mediums for arts and crafting projects. Whether you’re looking to add texture and depth to a painting, seal a finished piece to protect it from dust and moisture, bind two pieces [...]
Kanoolers CreekKoolers are towable, high quality insulated floating coolers with a unique kayak-like design that easily navigates behind your boat, kayak, or canoe to keep your beverages cold and reachable. Its design makes it the perfect companion for days on the water without adding any extra weight on you. They come in a variety of colors and a mini flag [...]
Silicon is one of the most common substances on planet earth -- and its synthetic derivative, silicone, is one of the most common materials in modern manufacturing. Silicone is used in medicine, cookware, plumbing, molds, toys, personal care items, and (of course) in sealants.Because silicone is so common, it’s easy to forget how doggone cool it is. Did you know, [...]
How much silicone sealant do you need for your next project?For an average .25” x .25 inch joint, a 1oz tube of silicone sealant will cover about 29 linear inches. If your needs are a bit different, then this formula can help, as long as you are willing to do a bit of metric conversion:(Size of the tube in [...]
But it’s not you, it’s your sealant! If you’ve noticed that the sealants in your bathroom, on your windows, or at the workplace have become moldy, discolored, or displaced, it’s time to dump them and move on to something better. Removing old sealants isn’t difficult. The majority of the sealant can be scraped away with a Stanley blade or [...]
Discolored sealants aren’t nearly as fun as bass guitars and 70’s outfits. Here are a few common cause of discolored sealants.- Exposure to chemicals or vapors while still curing, i.e. paint fumes or cigarette smoke. Be sure to allow silicone to cure thoroughly before exposing it to foreign substances.- Exposure to bituminous materials, such as certain floor tiles. Use neutral [...]
What is an RTV Silicone?RTV stands for room-temperature-vulcanizing, meaning that the silicone begins curing as soon as it is exposed to the moisture in the air. While many sealants are room temperature vulcanizing, products can vary in price and quality, which essentially depends on the purity of the product. 100% RTV silicone sealant is a completely pure product where extended [...]
Sealing Concrete Expansion Joints: Silicone Vs. PolyurethaneWhether you’re repairing your driveway or managing a large-scale construction project, everyone hopes that their concrete will stand the test of time. After all, replacing concrete is pricy and time-consuming. Installing expansion joints and using a high-quality silicone-based sealant is one important step you can take to ensure that your work will last for years to [...]
You have compared prices, checked out customer reviews, and researched silicone vendors. You have weighed the pros and cons of specially-designed adhesives such as heat-proof caulk and expanding foam. You've even contacted companies to discuss potential bulk discounts. You are ready to make a purchase!But wait is the sealant you've selected resistant to mold, mildew, [...]