On Monday May 21,2018 Orbital ATK's Cygnus launched to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, Virginia. This launch was the ninth cargo delivery mission for NASA under the 11 mission contract. Among the 7,400 lbs of cargo were two Polar units and one MERLIN designed by UAB's Engineering and Innovative Technology Development group. The units will help support daily activities and science experiments for the Expedition 55 crew on board the ISS.

SpaceX launched their 14th commercial resupply mission to the Internation Space Station on April 2nd, 2018. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:30 in the afternoon. The Dragon capsule delivered over 5800 lbs of equipment, supplies and new science for research aboard the ISS. Among that equipment were 3 Polar units and 1 MERLIN unit designed and fabricated by UAB's EITD group. On Thursday, all 3 Polar units were transferred from the Dragon without issue. Currently, aboard the ISS, there are 3 MERLINS, 4 Polars and 4 Glaciers running to maintain critical research requirements. 

After a scrubbed first attempt, the Cygnus spacecraft was launched November 12th from the MARS Pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus began the docking process with the International Space Station in the early hours of November 14th and will remain there for nearly three weeks. Aboard the Cygnus were two Polar units and one MERLIN unit designed by UAB's EITD group. Along with the UAB units, there were nearly 7,400 more pounds of supplies, science, equipment and cargo. The Cygnus while docked will also act as experiment platform and an extension of the ISS by hosting several experiments inside the module.

"The University of Alabama at Birmingham Engineering and Innovative Technology Development research group was recently announced as a partner in a $500 million contract issued from NASA’s International Space Station Program Office.

The Research, Engineering and Mission Integration — or REMIS — contract was awarded to Teledyne Brown Engineering with EITD listed as a partner on the project."