Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) - 01.12.17

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Teledyne Brown is developing 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.
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The following content was provided by Mike Soutullo, M.S., and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Facility Details


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

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

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; March 2017 - September 2017; -

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Facility Description

Facility Overview

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, and Heritage Preservation.
The imagery data from the MUSES Hosted Payloads is expected to have commercial, scientific, and humanitarian benefits.
The integrated MUSES facility/EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Pallet Adapter (ExPA) is delivered to the launch site and integrated into the HTV launch vehicle with no payloads attached. MUSES is extracted on-orbit from the HTV unpressurized section using the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), and translated and locked in its mounting location. Power and data connections to ISS are automatically completed via blind-mate connectors as a part of this process.  ISS power is applied to MUSES, and MUSES subsystems are powered up. SPDM is used to release the two launch locks and free the gimbaled platforms. A checkout of MUSES electrical components and platform motion is then conducted.
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 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 may be 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.

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Facility Operations

  • Nominal MUSES commanding is accomplished from the TBE Telescience Support Center (TSC) 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”.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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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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NASA Image: JSC2014E089091 - Photographic documentation taken of MUSES EVA Bolts Gauging. Photo taken in Huntsville and is of MUSES back, bolt gauging.

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