Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE) - 09.17.14
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The Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE) investigation consists of five small unique instruments that are located at Equipment Exchange Unit (EER) site 8 on the Japanese Experiment Module - Exposed Facility (JEF). These small investigations include two atmospheric observation investigations that study lightening and resonant scattering from plasma and airglow through the rim of the atmosphere, and three technological demonstration investigations that include inflatable structure deployment, robotic tether movement and the testing of a high definition television (HDTV) camera in the space environment.
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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, , Japan
Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
ISS Expedition Duration
May 2012 - Ongoing
Previous ISS Missions
- The Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE) is a conglomeration of five unique investigations into a single payload assembly.
- IMAP (Ionosphere,Mesosphere,upper Atomosphere, and Plasmasphere mapping) studies the energy and plasma activity and related global transportation near the rim of atmosphere, at the highest altitudes, using a visible light spectrometer.
- GLIMS (Global Lightning and sprIte MeasurementS on JEM-EF) investigates the spatial distribution of lightning and plasma phenomena and their discharge characteristics throughout the atmosphere during night observation times.
- SIMPLE (Space Inflatable Membranes Pioneering Long-term Experiments) collects fundamental engineering data in orbit for inflatable space structures; with the expectation of applying such information to the design of future space structures.
- REXJ (Robot Experiment on JEM) demonstrates realtime ground control of a robotic system by providing validation data during robotic manipulation. This investigation is expected to lead to an application of an EVA assistant type robot.
HDTV acquires data for evaluating how long a COTS-HDTV (COTS HTDV Verification) survives in the orbit environment. This evaluation includes a validation for inexpensive space HDTV systems.
A-IMAP makes imaging observation of the airglow and aurora using a digital camera operated by an astronaut to elucidate the structures and dynamics of the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Coordinated observations with IMAP are carried out to investigate the common target.
Ground Based Results Publications
Sato M, Takahashi Y, Suzuki M, Yamazaki A, Ushio T. Six-Channel Spectrophotometers (PH) Onboard JEM-GLIMS. IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials. 2011; 131(12): 1000-1005.
Oda M, Yoshii M, Kato H, Nakanishi H, Ueta A, Suzuki S, Yamazumi M. Development status of the REX-J mission, astronaut support robot experiment on the ISS/JEM. 62nd International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa; 2011 1684-1692.
Oda M, Yoshii M, Nakanishi H, Kato H, Ueta A, Suzuki S, Yamazumi M. Development of an astronaut support robot and its precursor REX-J, to be tested on the International Space Station . 11th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space i-SAIRAS, Turin, Italy; 2012 7 pp.
Morimoto T, Kikuchi H, Sato M, Suzuki M, Yamazaki A, Ushio T. VHF lightning observations on JEM-GLIMS mission. IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials. 2011; 131(12): 977-982. DOI: 10.1541/ieejfms.131.977.
Furuya H, Yasuike Y. Effects of Cross-sectional Deformation on Mechanical Properties of Inflatable Tubes. 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Orlando, FL; 2010 Apr 12-15
Aoki T, Furuya H, Ishimura K, Miyazaki Y, Senda K, Tsunoda H, Higuchi K, Ishizawa J, Kishimoto N, Sakai R, Watanabe A, Watanabe K. On-Orbit Verification of Space Inflatable Structures . Transactions of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Space Technology Japan. 2009 May 21; 7(ists26). DOI: 10.2322/tstj.7.Tc_1.
Yoshikawa I, Homma T, Sakai K, Murakami G, Yoshioka K, Yamazaki A, Sakanoi T, Saito A. Imaging observation of the Earth's plasmasphere and ionosphere by EUVI of ISS-IMAP on the International Space Station. IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials. 2011; 131(12): 1006-1010. DOI: 10.1541/ieejfms.131.1006.
Ushio T, Sato M, Morimoto T, Suzuki M, Kikuchi H, Yamazaki A, Takahashi Y, Hobara Y, Inan U, Linscott I, Sakamoto Y, Ishida R, Kikuchi M, Yoshida K, Kawasaki Z. The Global Lightning and Sprite Measurement (GLIMS) Mission on International Space Station. IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials. 2011; 131(12): 971-976. DOI: 10.1541/ieejfms.131.971.
Higuchi K, Ogi Y, Watanabe K, Watanabe A. Verification of Practical Use of an Inflatable Structure in Space. Transactions of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Space Technology Japan. 2009 Jun 2; 7(ists26). DOI: 10.2322/tstj.7.Tc_7.
Kikuchi M, Sato M, Yamazaki A, Suzuki M, Ushio T. Development of Science Data-Handling Unit (SHU) for Global Lightning and Sprite Measurements (GLIMS) onboard Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) of ISS. IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials. 2011; 131(12): 989-993. DOI: 10.1541/ieejfms.131.989.
Sakanoi T, Akiya Y, Yamazaki A, Otsuka Y, Saito A, Yoshikawa I. Imaging observation of the Earth's mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere by VISI of ISS-IMAP on the International Space Station. IEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials. 2011; 131(12): 983-988. DOI: 10.1541/ieejfms.131.983.
Graphic depicting the MCE investigation and its associated sub-experiments (JAXA).
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NASA Image - ISS033E018906 - Image through the JEM window during Expedition 33 showing the extended arm of the SIMPLE (Space Inflatable Membranes
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