PSU students develop tool to brew coffee in space - KPTV - FOX 12

PSU students develop tool to brew coffee in space

Posted: Updated:
In a Youtube video, astronaut Kjell Lindgren describes how a new design by PSU students allows fresh brewed coffee to be made in space. (NASA YouTube Channel) In a Youtube video, astronaut Kjell Lindgren describes how a new design by PSU students allows fresh brewed coffee to be made in space. (NASA YouTube Channel)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Sometimes all anyone needs to get started is a little fresh brewed coffee, even if they are in space.

Portland State University graduate student Drew Wollman came up with the first contraption that actually brews pour-over coffee at the international space station.

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren contacted the mechanical engineering graduate student and his professor Mark Weislogel about the need for the device, after reading about their team's zero-gravity espresso cups.

The team modified the cup with a brewer attachment, which holds a coffee pod.

Lindgren showed off how he and the PSU researchers made it work on YouTube.

Lindgren said the process isn't just useful for making coffee, but also creates a way to transfer liquids without using any energy or electricity from the space station.

Traditionally astronauts would drink instant coffee in a bag with a straw.

The original coffee cup design by PSU students has been lauded since it was release last year, with the design was even named as one of Wired magazine’s Most Cleverly Designed Objects of 2015.

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.