In 2018, the International Space Station will be getting a major upgrade to its printers. HP developed a custom HP ENVY Zero-Gravity Printer specifically for astronauts aboard the space station. HP's Research and Development Manager Ron Stephens says this device is designed to be quite different than the printers consumers have at home. Stephens says printing on the space station is critical for astronauts. On average, members of the space station print about 1,000 sheets per month. Through creative reengineering, and the use of specialized materials and 3D printed components, the printer successfully met all of NASA's requirements says Stephens. The HP ENVY Zero-Gravity Printers are currently scheduled to launch to the ISS on the Space-X 14 rocket in February, 2018.