HP, the large company in the printing industry, has announced the creation of the new HP ENVY Zero-Gravity printer. It is a device designed to work into outer space under zero-gravity conditions. This machine was sent by NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 2nd onboard the Space-X CSR 14 Rocket.
As HP has told, this printer is an improved version of the HP OfficeJet 5740 device, that had already been chosen by the company to carry out tasks on spatial functions. This new printer is fitted with a series of modifications that has enabled it to adapt to extreme conditions of the outer space.
The ENVY Zero-Gravity employs paper and residual ink in zero gravity, using fire-resistant plastics. It can print with different page orientations.
The company acknowledges that the creation of this printer has been a major challenge, since the requirements for printing under zero-gravity conditions are difficult to meet and verify, as a result of its unique nature. This new device enables, through the creative reengineering, the use of different special materials and the HP MultiJet technology can print all type of files in outer space.
This device will enable the crew of the ISS to print up to 1,000 sheets of paper per month. In a spacecraft it is necessary to print documents of any type: documentation with required information for the mission, emergency manuals or personal letters of the astronauts.