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 experienced space payload experts develop and fly payloads 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
Tell us about your experiment and research goals by contacting us via email or filling in the book 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 want to use the set of interface standards and safety requirements defined on this website. Our standard service will provide you with limited assistance during payload development. We can, however, offer you additional assistance in technical development and/or verification of the payload if you would want it
Our ground model of the ICE Cubes facility will be available for you to perform integrated tests for verification of all requirements and operational procedures. We will also review your payload for the following: Interfaces Communications Operations Data Management Safety
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 run your experiment according to your predefined operations plan and allow you to 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 : + 32 2 721 54 84
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 : + 32 2 721 54 84
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.