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MISSE X


Materials International Space Station Experiment-X (MISSE-X) is a proposed International Space Station (ISS) external platform for space environmental studies designed to advance the technology readiness of materials and devices critical for future space exploration. The MISSE-X platform will expand ISS utilization by providing experimenters with unprecedented low-cost space access and return on investment (ROI). As a follow-on to the highly successful MISSE series of ISS experiments, MISSE-X will provide advances over the original MISSE configurations including incorporation of plug-and-play experiments that will minimize return mass requirements in the post-Shuttle era, improved active sensing and monitoring of the ISS external environment for better characterization of environmental effects, and expansion of the MISSE-X user community through incorporation of new, customer-desired capabilities. MISSE-X will also foster interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in primary and secondary schools through student collaboration and participation.


Specific MISSE-X objectives include:

•To advance the technology readiness level (TRL) of new spacecraft materials and devices critical to future space exploration.
•To conduct experiments that measure performance, reliability, and durability of materials and devices (Figure 3 provides pre- and post-flight images of the Polymer Erosion and Contamination Experiment [PEACE] flown on MISSE 2).
• To implement new, customer-driven capabilities such as expanded active accommodations and near real-time experiment monitoring including daily photographing.
•To develop a plug-and-play mechanical and avionics system that reduces the cost and time required to fly experiments, while reducing return mass to ~10% of the launch mass.
•To develop accurate models to correlate ground- and space-based data, and to scale LEO results with other space environments.
• To foster interest in STEM in primary and secondary schools through student collaboration and participation.

These objectives directly support the larger goal of maturing the transformative technologies required to meet NASA's Grand Challenges as outlined by the NASA OCT, including advancement of spacecraft safety and reliability, and establishing conditions for permanent human presence in space. Success in meeting these challenges, and others as well, will rely in part on the proper operation and endurance of the many materials and devices comprising our future vehicles, habitats, and tools. As the ISS moves from the assembly phase into full-scale operation as a resource for experimentation, MISSE-X presents an ideal opportunity to make this resource more accessible and affordable to the space community.

MISSE X Hardware

 

MISSE X Hardware

The MISSE-X hardware supports a variety of experiment mounting locations and contains an on-board camera system.

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