Alpha Space’s MISSE is a commercial, external facility on the International Space Station that enables risk reduction testing for new technologies. You can answer your and your customers’ most important questions: Does a technology function properly in the harsh orbital environment over an extended time? Will electronics hold up under the intense radiation and temperature extremes? Will atomic oxygen or UV cause degradation? Testing a new technology on MISSE answers these questions and can elevate spaceflight technology readiness to TRL-8 “Flight Qualified”.
MISSE provides an unprecedented ability to test virtually anything – active electronics, solar cells, materials, systems, subsystems, and communication links are examples. The MISSE environment includes extreme levels of solar- and charged-particle radiation, atomic oxygen, hard vacuum and temperature extremes. MISSE enables exposure to any orbital direction (ram, wake, zenith and nadir) and offers substantial enclosed volume for testing technologies. Power, data downlink, experiment commanding, high definition photos and data from numerous environmental sensors are available from MISSE.
There is a MISSE launch and a return flight about every six months. This six-month rotation means that you get your technology on orbit, tested, and returned quickly. Plus, you get photos and data during your orbital test. Receiving your flown technology hardware back enables a detailed analysis of the effects of spaceflight. MISSE’s rapid flight–orbital test–return service is unique and an ideal opportunity for efficiently reducing risk before flying a new technology on an operational space vehicle.
MISSE accommodates virtually any type of technology; passive and powered. Whether you want to reduce risk before flying a technology or if you are conducting basic research, MISSE is an ideal test platform for the external space environment. The flight facility can have up to 12 MISSE technology carriers installed at a time. One or multiple customer technologies can fly on each carrier.
Access to space is no longer limited to only NASA scientists. Corporations, entrepreneurs and private business owners who see a business opportunity can now access space testing for their products and technologies.
Private individuals can now also fly personal items in space! Alpha Space has negotiated a unique Space Act Agreement with NASA that enables the affordable flight of personal items on the International Space Station. You can fly virtually anything that matters to you and get it back after about six months orbiting the Earth. The items flown can be legally sold, if desired. Contact Alpha Space for more information about volume, weight and pricing.
Alpha Space is the only company that has a regular cadence for launches and return flights for getting your experiment hardware back to you. You can even choose the MISSE location for your test.