On January 10, 2015, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket that successfully put a Dragon spacecraft in orbit. This was SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply mission (CRS-5) to the International Space Station.The SpX-5 mission marked the first flight for a Polar unit.

A group of mechanical and materials engineering students from UAB School of Engineering  were asked to develop a device to simulate capillary refill on a medical training dummy. Dr. Nancy Tofil from Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Simulation Center introduced the idea and provided insight to the students.