MVIS Controller-1 (MVIS Controller-1) - 10.04.17

Overview | Description | Applications | Operations | Results | Publications | Imagery

ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
The Microgravity Vibration Isolation System (MVIS), developed by the Canadian Space Agency, gives experiments a quieter ride in orbit. Equipment on the International Space Station (ISS) can jitter and shake as crew members go about their activities, as the station’s solar panels rotate, and as fans spin to move air. MVIS Controller-1 isolates experiments from these tiny vibrations, serving as a sort of noise-canceling headphones (vibrations in this case) for sensitive experiments. MVIS Controller-1 also investigates new control techniques that can isolate experiments from vibrations more efficiently.
Science Results for Everyone
Information Pending

The following content was provided by , and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

Information Pending

Information Pending

Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada

Sponsoring Space Agency
Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Sponsoring Organization
Information Pending

Research Benefits
Earth Benefits, Scientific Discovery

ISS Expedition Duration
March 2013 - March 2014; September 2014 - March 2016; March 2016 - February 2018; -

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
Increment 31/32

^ back to top

Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • To learn more about the vibration environment of the ISS and how to isolate experiments from it.
  • Characterize the cables connecting MVIS Controller-1 to its rack and the environment in which it is located. Develop new control techniques to be able to isolate experiments from vibrations more efficiently.
  • Better knowledge of vibration isolation techniques.

Information Pending

^ back to top


Space Applications
Fluid experiments in space are valuable because the earth's gravity influences their free behavior, but small vibrations can still negatively affect experimental results. Vibrations from normal crew and station's machine operations can act like very low gravity forces. Electromagnetic voice coils in MVIS counteracts these vibrations, isolating the experiments so researchers see the actual fluid behavior without interference.

Earth Applications
Eliminating the micro-scale effects of gravity on fluid experiments helps researchers fine-tune a wide range of industrial processes on Earth. For instance, MVIS Controller-1 has supported an experiment that investigates gravity’s role in water evaporation on Earth, which can provide insight for the design of better cooling systems. Isolating fluid experiments from space station jitter provides a clearer understanding of basic physical forces.

^ back to top


Operational Requirements and Protocols
Information Pending

^ back to top

Decadal Survey Recommendations

Information Pending

^ back to top

Results/More Information

Information Pending

^ back to top

Related Websites

^ back to top