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Onboard equipment supporting a laboratory 400 km above the surface of the earth

Equipment used to conduct various experiments on the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" can be divided broadly into two categories: experiment equipment and assistive devices for use in Kibo's Pressurized Module, and experiment equipment and assistive devices for use on Kibo’s exterior, including the Exposed Facility.

JAXA Astronaut ONISHI Takuya works on the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) sample
exchange in the Kibo module ©JAXA/NASA

Experiment Payloads for Kibo’s PM: A base for multi-purpose experiments


Experiment equipment in Kibo's Pressurized Module (PM) is in the International Standard Payload Rack (ISPR), which shares common standards with American and European modules. Payload racks provide the necessary power, coolant, and communication functions for experiment equipment, as well as safety features such as fire detection and power shutdown. Here, we introduce these payload racks and experiment equipment.

JEM Exposed Facility (EF) Payloads: Storage area for operational equipment and assistive devices

Experiment equipment on Kibo's Exposed Facility is installed in a rectangular box called the Standard Payload, which is attached to the Exposed Facility. There is also a mechanism that uses Kibo's outer wall, and a device that uses Kibo's airlock and robotic arm to release small satellites. Here, we introduce this experiment equipment.


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