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Record 98 of 80577
First Materials Science Research Facility Rack Capabilities and Design Features
Author and Affiliation:
Cobb, S.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Higgins, D.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Kitchens, L.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Curreri, Peter [Technical Monitor]
Abstract: The first Materials Science Research Rack (MSRR-1) is the primary facility for U.S. sponsored materials science research on the International Space Station. MSRR-1 is contained in an International Standard Payload Rack (ISPR) equipped with the Active Rack Isolation System (ARIS) for the best possible microgravity environment. MSRR-1 will accommodate dual Experiment Modules and provide simultaneous on-orbit processing operations capability. The first Experiment Module for the MSRR-1, the Materials Science Laboratory (MSL), is an international cooperative activity between NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the European Space Agency's (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC). The MSL Experiment Module will accommodate several on-orbit exchangeable experiment-specific Module Inserts which provide distinct thermal processing capabilities. Module Inserts currently planned for the MSL are a Quench Module Insert, Low Gradient Furnace, and a Solidification with Quench Furnace. The second Experiment Module for the MSRR-1 configuration is a commercial device supplied by MSFC's Space Products Development (SPD) Group. Transparent furnace assemblies include capabilities for vapor transport processes and annealing of glass fiber preforms. This Experiment Module is replaceable on-orbit. This paper will describe facility capabilities, schedule to flight and research opportunities.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2002
Document ID:
20030001554
(Acquired Jan 03, 2003)
Subject Category: GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES (SPACE)
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Information: World Space Conference; 10-19 Oct. 2002; Houston, TX; United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: FURNACES; RESEARCH FACILITIES; TEST FACILITIES; VAPORS; MICROGRAVITY; GLASS FIBERS; ADVANCED RANGE INSTRUMENTATION SHIP; ANNEALING; EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY; INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION; PAYLOADS; PLANT DESIGN
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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