Alpha Space and NASA Sign Accord to Deliver Advance Material Research Facility

By CIOReview | Friday, August 21, 2015

HOUSTON, TX: Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance, a newly established division of MEI Technologies which provides solutions in systems design and development for aerospace and defense, announces cooperative agreement with NASA to develop, deploy and operate Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) materials research flight facility on ISS.

MISSE is an array of experiments launched externally on the International Space Station (ISS) to evaluate the performance, stability and durability of materials and components to be used by NASA and other space missions. The cooperative accord between Alpha Space and NASA, aims to establish a permanent external location for materials research and meet ISS Program resource needs, while reducing the cost involves in material science research.

“The MISSE materials research flight facility will be the first facility in the world to offer pure materials science research to the commercial sector,” said Darrin Walker, Operations Manager, Alpha Space.

Alpha Space’s evolving program, MISSE will test and collect data of passive and active material samples in the harsh environment of low earth orbit at an affordable cost and then send material sample back to earth for post research process. It has capability to integrate more than 250 payload and experiment packages on the Shuttle and ISS. In order to offer value-added service in materials science research, Alpha Space consolidates all lessons learned from previous MISSE experiments and provides integrated MISSE-1 through MISSE8 experiments with the help of MEIT Space Test Program.

The permanent MISSE facility is planned for initial operations in 2017 with subsequent launches every in every six months. MISSE will also fly non-materials research on a space-available basis.