Your experience will be simple because we take care of safety, launch and installation
Your experiment development cost will be low because you can use commercial components exploiting the most advanced technologies
Your development process will be as quick as you want it to be, because you will be the developer. Of course, we are here if you need any help
Your experiment will be done correctly because you will be in the operator’s seat!
ICE Cubes Service is a simple and cost-effective way for your experiment or technology to fly onboard the International Space Station
Our team of experts have gained lots of experience in developing and coordinating experiments for the European Space Agency research experiments. At Space Applications Services we believe more people should have access to flight opportunities and with ICE Cubes we have made this possible
The ICE Cubes Facility is a capable experiment platform that offers flexibility to host many different experiments. During flight, users are able to have near real-time telemetry and telecommanding capabilities with the Experiment Cube from any location with an internet connection
Our service is particularly suited 1) for raising the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of components by in orbit demonstration, 2) for any scientific research related to microgravity or space environment and 3) for STEM education. Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) can be applied in applications of opto-electronics, micro-electronics, chemistry, biotechnology / bioengineering, tools manufacturing. Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip can be used in cell, molecular, microbiology, pharmaco-chemical research applications
Our standard service is the support to experiment design, test, launch and on-orbit operations as illustrated in the Your Roadmap page. We are available to provide you with additional assistance during payload development. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help!
You are welcome to choose amongst the standard form factors as illustrated in the Overview page or you can propose a customized form factor. Of course, the feasibility of your custom form factor will depend on any overlap with other experiments
The service will launch Experiment Cubes approximately 4 months.
You may develop your payload at your own pace. Launch manifesting needs about 9 to 12 months notice.
The basis mission of an Experiment Cube will last 4 months. Longer missions can be accommodated.
First, please tell us about your experiment and research goals by writing to email@example.com or by using the form (above). Then, we will contact you to see how we can help you fly!
Tell us about your experiment and research goals by contacting us via email or filling in your flight form. We are open for everything, from a wild idea to a ready-to-fly experiment
We will evaluate the feasibility of your experiment and help you define the system / operational requirements and possible launch windows. You will receive the necessary documents to design your experiment inside an ICE Cube
You can develop your own experiment in one of the standard form factors. For this, you will use the set of interface standards, safety requirements and guidelines defined by the service. We will collect from you the information and data necessary to obtain the safety and flight readiness certification. Our standard service will provide you with limited assistance during payload development. We can, however, offer you additional assistance in design, development and/or verification of the payload if you would want it.
Our ground model of the ICE Cubes facility, will be available at Space Applications for you to perform integrated tests for verification of all interface requirements and operational procedures.
We will arrange all the reviews of your payload to have it ready to launch. We book your flight and take care of the launch administration. As our customer, you only have to be in contact with us, we will do the rest for you
Once all the steps above have been completed, it is finally time! T-3…2…1…Lift off!
Upon arrival at the International Space Station, your Experiment Cube will be installed into the ICE Cubes Facility ready for operation. When it is time to start your experiment, the ICE Cubes Mission Control Centre will activate and pass on control to you so you can run your experiment according to your predefined operations plan and directly monitor and control your experiment.
Congratulations! It is time to analyse your results
You have completed your Experiment Cubes mission! Now you may choose to either have the Experiment Cube returned to you or dispose it. In any case, you will receive all resulting flight data
ICE Cubes Business Development
Tel. Office : +31 (0) 71 781 78 15
Tel. Mobile : +31 (0) 621 25 54 57
Following a PhD in plasma-astrophysics, Hilde Stenuit joined Space Applications Services.
After supporting operations for spacecraft and International Space Station research experiments, she did science coordination for ISS as part of the ESA ISS Mission Science Office for more than a decade.
Now, she is using her expertise for business development and in support of the users of the ICE Cubes program.
ICE Cubes Program Manager
Tel. Office : +31 (0) 71 781 78 14
Tel. Mobile : +31 (0) 631 74 42 67
Mauro Ricci obtained a master degree in Aeronautic Engineering from University of Pisa, Italy.
He has a long term experience in the Aerospace Industry, including Payload development projects (PK-4, ICAPS Experiment,…), system engineering and requirements tailoring.
He is also in charge of the ICE Cubes project management, covering the coordination of sub-contractors and the system team including system engineering and business aspects.