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First Materials Science Research Facility Rack Capabilities and Design FeaturesThe 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.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
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
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2002
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Meeting Information
World Space Conference(Houston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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