ICE Cubes in Columbus Module - Strategic Partnership with ESA
Space Application Services and the European Space Agency (ESA) entered a Partnership Pilot Phase with the objective of defining the technical and operational aspects of the service's implementation inside the Columbus module.
The partnership consists of bartering Columbus resources in exchange for services, with no transfer of funds. The commercial Cubes will be installed and have access to the resources in Columbus. In return, ESA will have access to the facility to run small ESA institutional payloads developed in the fields of e.g. science, education and technology readiness level (TRL) enhancement.
The customers/users will operate and control the Experiment Cubes directly from their premises, via standard Internet Protocols (IPs), using the forthcoming Multi-Purpose Computer Communication (MPCC) system under development by ESA. This is a breakthrough element in the approach of controlling payloads on board the International Space Station (ISS) and of primary interest for the potential customers.