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Alpha Space

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Alpha Space

  1. 1. 1Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance, LLC 1 Materials ISS Experiments (MISSE) A Commercial Test Platform on the International Space Station
  2. 2. 2 8 flights over 15 years with over 4,000 experiments flown MISSE History 2 MISSE 1-5 (2001-2006) MISSE 6A & B (2008 – 2009) MISSE 7A & B & 8A (2009 – 2011) Alpha Space MISSE Flight Facility 2018+
  3. 3. The New MISSE 3 • Hardware/Materials/Electronics space qualification • 6 month rotation (fly every 6 months) • Provides on-orbit power, data, comm and pictures MISSE Sample Carrier (MSC) swapped every 6 months MISSE Flight Facility launched April 2, 2018 and is fully operational.
  4. 4. MISSE FOV and location on ISS 4 • Ram view unobstructed • Zenith view unobstructed • Wake view over ISS structure • Nadir view (Partial) • Under Deck, any face – contained and protected MISSE location on ISS Express Logistics Carrier – 2, Payload Site 3 Field of View (FOV)
  5. 5. 5 Passive samples • Coatings • Polymers • Fabrics • Space Suit Materials • Tethers • MLI materials • Shatterable Materials • Solar Cell Cover Glass • Quartz lens • Optical Glass Experiments on Past MISSEs Active Experiments • Solar Cell Performance • Electrical Components • Processors • Boards • Sensors • Time Exposure on Materials • Solar Cell Arcing Biologicals • Seeds • Virus • Bacteria • Cotton
  6. 6. MISSE can accommodate 6 • All past experiment types • High data rate experiments • Powered experiments • Larger technical demonstrations • Transmitters • Optical viewing experiments • Complex system verifications • 3D printed materials • Components • Sensors • Standard Crew Exposure Hazards Arsenic Cyanide
  7. 7. 7 MISSE Sample Carrier (MSC) MISSE provides: • Telescience Resource Kit (TReK) • RS-422 interfaces • 28VDC • 75 Watts for Experiments • Backup power • Sensors & Data
  8. 8. ~181 square inches of usable surface area Flexible System – Surface & under deck 8 MISSE can be used for a wide range of experiments. >270 In3 of area under deck Component/Hardware test & verification Dust Shield Experiment Solar Cell Testing
  9. 9. Various components proposed on additional flights 9 Bio-Reactor Sensor on Gimble Electronics Flown Under Deck Antennas Dish Patch
  10. 10. MISSE Transfer Tray Exposure 10 10-14 days of exposure on MISSE Transfer Tray (MTT) on OTP during MISSE servicing MISSE MTT
  11. 11. MISSE Sample Carrier Exposure 11 Up to 6 months exposure on MISSE Sample Carrier (MSC) installed on Facility – ELC-2
  12. 12. • Alpha Space does all of the physical and analytical integration and certification for flight • Task orders for standard services are turn-key and fixed price • IDIQ Contract in place with fixed prices and T&M service rates Doing Business With Alpha Space Turn-Key
  13. 13. If you think it can’t be flown…ask us! 13 Next available flight May 2019 Flights to space every 6 months
  14. 14. www.alphaspace.com Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance, LLC 14 Kevin Heath Director Business Development 832 915-5408 Kevin.Heath@AlphaSpace.com “MISSE provides researchers the opportunity to exposure samples to the low Earth orbit space environment with many benefits, including the option to fly in ram, wake, zenith or nadir flight orientations, monthly (or more frequent) on-orbit imagery of samples, environmental exposure data, active data, and samples which are returned for post-flight analyses” Kim de Groh Sr. Materials Research Engineer Environmental Effects and Coatings Branch (LME) NASA Glenn Research Center Thank You!

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