17 Apr Launch NG-11 to ISS: ESA testing new technologies using commercial ICE Cubes service
Excited on the launch to ISS of the next suite of ICE Cubes experiments on NG-11. Two projects originate from ESA pursuing to use the commercial ICE Cubes service to test two new technologies in the testbed space environment of the international space station.
The technologies relate to very different areas showing the versatility of in-orbit technology demonstrations through ICE Cubes. The first experiment (right) demonstrates a spectrometer that will be used in the future ESA facility Exobiology which is a scientific field concerned with the origins and future of life in the universe. The second one (left) will aim at demonstrating the viability of a cryptographic key recovery protocol for cheap commercial components, not space qualified, under space radiation.