In 2019, the ISS will be private research module
Airbus company and the European Space Agency have signed an agreement under which the aircraft manufacturer will invest in the development of a research platform Bartolomeo 40 million euros, while ESA will take the finished module into orbit and dock it with the International Space Station. The platform is designed for commercial use, so all its functionality will be available for a wide range of clients.
Bartolomeo - module, which will consist of 12 compartments for different devices and research devices. Work on the unit is scheduled for completion in the next 18 months, after which he will travel to the ISS together with partial loads. Now developers have already approved the design and start building the module. Airbus plans to make low orbit cheaper, providing it access to more wanting. Bartolomeo could be the first step towards the realization of this idea.
Module Management Airbus experts take over. The service will also be carried out on the company's own customers' money. Delivery and installation to fully provide the ESA, so customers only need to prepare the payload, which they want to launch, as well as to pay storage and flight. Equipment installed in the module allows real-time monitor the status of goods and, in addition, will provide high-speed connectivity for data exchange between the ISS and the Earth. If partners do not beat out from the schedule, and their idea to get a decent realization, at the end of next year to the ISS will be a new platform that provides operational testing of new technologies in space and high-quality research in various areas for a relatively small sum, which probably will be able to afford even a small startups. It is assumed that the ISS module will deliver cargo ship SpaceX Dragon.
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