Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) - 06.27.18

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Teledyne Brown Engineering developed the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), an Earth imaging platform, as part of the company’s new commercial space-based digital imaging business. MUSES hosts earth-viewing instruments (Hosted Payloads), such as high-resolution digital cameras, hyperspectral imagers, and provides precision pointing and other accommodations. It hosts up to four instruments at the same time, and offers the ability to change, upgrade, and robotically service those instruments. It also provides a test bed for technology demonstration and technology maturation by providing long-term access to the space environment on the International Space Station (ISS).
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Facility Details

OpNom: MUSES

Facility Manager(s)
Paul Galloway, M.S., Teledyne Brown Engineering, Huntsville, AL, United States

Facility Representative(s)
Heath Lester, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Huntsville, AL, United States

Developer(s)
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Huntsville, AL, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2015 - March 2016; March 2016 - September 2016; April 2017 - August 2018; -

Expeditions Assigned
45/46,47/48,51/52,53/54,55/56,57/58,59/60,61/62,63/64,65/66

Previous Missions
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Availability

  • Onboard
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    Facility Description

    Facility Overview

    Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) is the first multi-user facility on an ISS ExPRESS Logistics Carrier (ELC). The facility primarily serves as a platform for earth-viewing sensors and other technologies requiring long-term access to the space environment.
     
    The end-user data products generated from the Hosted Payloads flown on MUSES can be used for: Maritime Domain Awareness, Agricultural Awareness, Food Security, Disaster Response, Air Quality, Oil/Gas Exploration, Fire Detection, and Heritage Preservation.
     
    Turn-key missions are available for MUSES customers. MUSES develops the canister which interfaces to the MUSES Platform and provides internal electrical, date, and mechanical accommodations. MUSES also provides ISS integration services and safety engineering for their customers. MUSES Platform on ELC4 and MUSES Server in ExPRESS Rack #6 have been operating successfully since launch on SpaceX CRS-11 in June 2017.
     
    The first Hosted Payload for MUSES is the DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS). DESIS is scheduled to be launched on SpaceX CRS-15.  
     
    The imagery data from the MUSES Hosted Payloads is expected to have commercial, scientific, and humanitarian benefits.
     
    Hosted Payloads are removed from the applicable logistics carrier where they are soft-stowed, and are secured to the slide table in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) airlock via the MUSES designed interface hardware. To install the Hosted Payload on MUSES, it is grappled by the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and translated/docked to the MUSES platform on ELC4. The SPDM is then used to actuate the payload latching mechanism. The docking/latching process automatically completes Hosted Payload electrical connections to MUSES via a blind mate connector. Hosted Payload removal is accomplished by reversing the installation operation. The Hosted Payload is powered on and off to verify the electrical connection and the SPDM is detached from the hosted payload once this verification is successful. The payload is then activated and checked out.
     
    The MUSES Server is located in ExPRESS Rack #6 in the United States Laboratory. It provides a data storage and downlink capability for the Hosted Payloads on MUSES.
     

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    Operations

    Facility Operations

    • Nominal Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) commanding is accomplished from the Teledyne Operations Center (TOC) in Huntsville, Alabama. A nominal weekly file upload window is planned to allow regular scheduled updates to be in sync with Payload Operations and Integration Function (POIF) normal upload cycles. Any commands considered “critical” are issued from the POIF, which manages all commands classified as “critical”. The TOC performs all commanding for the Hosted Payloads on MUSES.

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    Decadal Survey Recommendations

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    Results/More Information

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    Results Publications

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    Related Publications

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    Imagery

    image NASA Image: HD-DL-4_2017_157_225130_002274A9 - Video screen capture of the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) during robotic placement on the ISS ExPRESS Logistics Carrier (ELC).
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    image NASA Image: HD-DL-4_2017_157_235001_002274A5 - Video screen capture of the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) during robotic placement on the ISS ExPRESS Logistics Carrier (ELC).
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    image NASA Image: JSC2016E073274 - Photographic documentation taken of the MUSES payload Integrated Assembly to be flown on the SpaceX-11 flight. Photo taken during EVA tool fit checks.
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    MUSES Engineering Team Pre-Ship Photo, March 2017.  Image courtesy of Paul Galloway.

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    MUSES Server installed in ExPRESS Rack.  Image courtesy of Paul Galloway.

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    MUSES Pointing Platform.  Image courtesy of Paul Galloway.

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    CAD view of MUSES Platform with DESIS Hosted Payload.  Image courtesy of Paul Galloway. 

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