MUSES facility enables investigation opportunities for future users
The Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) will inspire and enable numerous branches of research and science through its ability to support many different kinds of investigations and hardware aboard the International Space Station.
Providing a platform for payloads such as high-resolution digital cameras and hyperspectral imagers, MUSES provides precision pointing and other accommodations for various kinds of research and science.
MUSES’ ability to point and track ground targets also enhances the revisit opportunities and viewing angles."
The MUSES payload data can be used in response to disasters world-wide.
These payloads can be operated simultaneously, triggering a system that can communicate with all the systems aboard the space station and store and transmit large amounts of data back to the ground.
MUSES provides low-cost access to space for instrument developers.
"Unlike the Earth views from ISS’s internal viewing windows which are somewhat limited by surrounding structure, the view to the Earth from the ISS truss is essentially unobstructed," said Galloway The first investigation to be hosted aboard the MUSES platform will be the DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS), on Expeditions 51/52 and 53/54, and is planned for launch later this year.
"The German Space Agency, DLR, will use the DESIS imagery for scientific purposes.
Teledyne Brown Engineering will use the imagery for commercial purposes," according to Galloway.
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