This duct tape dispenser is used on the International Space Station, and has been designed by high school students
NASA has been using duct tape on their space missions since the 1960s Gemini program, and is one of the permanent fixtures on the International Space Station, but astronauts needed a better and more convenient way to use it.
The solution already has a name: it’s called duct tape dispenser HUNCH. It can be used with just one hand, which is important for astronauts who need the other to stabilize themselves. The invention is not from NASA, but from a group of high school students.
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The initials HUNCH come from the words “High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware”, and in fact this is the name of a NASA program what it has been working for 18 years and that has already resulted in the design of lockers, or a kitchen table that allows six members of the ISS crew to eat together.
Now this initiative has made the life of astronauts a little more comfortable on the International Space Station. Until now those rolls of duct tape were scattered and made it necessary to cut the tape with scissors or teeth.
The dispensers available were not easy to install in the ISS facilities, leading the students involved in the program to come up with ideas a dispenser that can accommodate American tapes of different widths and types (More than 20 varieties are used, such as Kapton, one of the most popular) and that above all allows astronauts to use and cut that tape with one hand.
Duct tape has been used frequently in these space missions, and for example this material had to be used to patch temporarily a crack in a Russian module from which air was leaking.
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