Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE) - 04.09.15

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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 lightning 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. Several photos taken by a digital still camera from the CUPOLA window give IMAP investigation further observation data and enhance research outcome (A-IMAP/Earth Rim observation).
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The following content was provided by Akinori Saito, Tomoo Ushio, Tsuyoshi Ito, Chikara Harada, Akinori Saito, Mitsushige Oda, Takahira Aoki, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Experiment Details

OpNom: MCE

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Akinori Saito, IMAP: Kyoto University, Japan
  • Tomoo Ushio, GLIMS: Osaka University, Japan
  • Tsuyoshi Ito, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Chikara Harada, JAXA, Japan
  • Akinori Saito, IMAP: Kyoto University, Japan
  • Mitsushige Oda, REXJ: JAXA, Japan
  • Takahira Aoki, SIMPLE: Tokyo University, Japan

  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
  • Mitsuteru Sato, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  • Kenshi Matsumoto, Kinki University, Japan
  • Ryohei Ishida, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Japan
  • Masayuki Kikuchi, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan
  • Zenichiro Kawasaki, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • Kenji Morimoto, Kinki University, Japan
  • Hiroshi Kikuchi, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • Yukihiro Takahashi, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  • Takeshi Sakanoi, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • Ichiro Yoshikawa, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yusuke Akiya, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Hiroyuki Nakata, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Menshin Miyoshi, Chiba University, Japan
  • Yuichi Otsuka, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Yuta Hozumi, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Shoichi Okano, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Takuji Nakamura, NIPR, Japan
  • Perwitasari Septi, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Ken Higuchi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Hiroshi Furuya, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Yasuyuki Miyazaki, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Naoko Kishimoto, Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Yasuo Ishimura, ISAS, Japan
  • Hiroaki Tsunoda, Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kei Izumida, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Junichiro Ishizawa, Institute of Aerospace Technology, Ibaraki, Japan

  • Developer(s)
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

    Sponsoring Space Agency
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    Sponsoring Organization
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    Research Benefits
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    ISS Expedition Duration
    May 2012 - Ongoing

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    Previous ISS Missions
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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • 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.

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    Space Applications
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    Earth Applications
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    Operational Requirements
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    Operational Protocols
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    Results/More Information

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    Results Publications

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    Ground Based Results Publications

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    ISS Patents

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    Related Publications

      Aoki T, Higuchi K, Watanabe K.  Progress report of SIMPLE space experiment project on ISS Japan Experiment Module. Transactions of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Aerospace Technology Japan. 2014; 12(ists29): Tc_1-Tc_6. DOI: 10.2322/tastj.12.Tc_1.

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    image Graphic depicting the MCE investigation and its associated sub-experiments (JAXA).
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    image 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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