A little late, but I think it's about time to start this topic.Airbus Defence & Space and Teledyne Brown Engineering have the ambition to add an external platform to the ISS, so more external payloads can be hosted. The first time I read about this was in the slides from Nanoracks Workshop 2015 (europe). [Christian Steimle - Bartolomeo Concept]Linked to the twitter accound of Christian Steimle are a Poster and a Presentation about the Bartolomeo platform.The June 2th Airbus Defence & Space posted this press release; English PDF. Airbus D&S and ESA signed the collaboration contract to start the development and planning for Bartolomeo.Multiple Satellite and Space news outleads posted an article about this. Satnews; Satellite Today; Parabolic Arc; SpaceRef.This topic is for news about Bartolomeo, and your oppinion about it.
Will the existing Columbus external payload locations continue to be used? I haven't heard of anything being mounted on them post-Shuttle, though I haven't been tracking them too closely.
What do SDN and SDX stand for?
Could bartolomeo be a major part of ESA's ISS contribution for the ISS exploitation 2020-2024 period?Becides te ACLS-rack, and possibly a second Orion service modue (not my favorite option).I think it could also be mounted to PMM.Bartolomeo can support 4 or 5 FRAM /EPF payloads and 8 CLPA (wedge) payloads. This will nearly double the external ESA and US payload locations. A EDRS transmitter/receiver could also be very usefull to the ISS.
1 kg mass will be sent together with our Neumann Drive to be operated in space for up to twelve months. We are glad to rely on Airbus Defence and Space to handle launch, power, in-orbit installation, communications down from the ISS and all the other bits
Airbus has a Bartolomeo page inside it's website.http://space.airbus.com/portfolio/human-spaceflight/bartolomeo/(It's low quality info)And a Bartolomeo status update presentation was given at the ISS R&D 2017 conference.Conference Abstracts; BartolomeoThe design of Bartolomeo has changed.
We expect to launch Bartolomeo in 2018.
http://spacenews.com/qa-airbus-oliver-juckenhofel-gung-ho-on-deep-space-gateway/QuoteWe expect to launch Bartolomeo in 2018.
Quote from: Olaf on 10/24/2017 03:41 pmhttp://spacenews.com/qa-airbus-oliver-juckenhofel-gung-ho-on-deep-space-gateway/QuoteWe expect to launch Bartolomeo in 2018.Most likely Bartolomeo and Bishop (Nanoracks Commercial Airlock) will be delayed by more than a year.AFAIK, Bartolomeo and Bishop are pressurized payloads for SpX-19 and SpX-21. SpX-16 (or -14) deliver IDA-3 to the ISS. All other SpaceX resupply missions have external science payloads.HTV-6; -7; -8 and -9 have all six Li-ion batteries as pressurized payload. And AFAIK Cygnus and Dreamchaser can't deliver it to the ISS. So only if IDA is delayed or dropped or the manifest has been shuffled, Bartolomeo will be available NET2019. (This is also stated in the 2017 presentation, page 2: I posted; Mission duration 2019-2024.)
I like the Oceaneering GOLD2 payload connector, looks even smaller than CLPA adapter, that Nanoracks Kaber deployer is using. The MISSE-FF, uses a smaler version, most likely called GOLD, to connect MSC's (MISSE Sample Carriers) to the payload facility. The document states that Bartolomeo has 4 single and 4 double GOLD 2 interfaces. I get the impression that the nadir (Earth facing) side of the platform is reserved for another payload. Possibly a FRAM for a 2th MUSES platform.This document is still a bit vage: slide 7 (added image). I'm curious for your thoughts about this.
Don't you mean unpressurized payloads (i.e. in the trunk/external)?
The Bartolomeo external platform is a ~40mln Euro investment for Airbus Space. A dedicated Dragon launch would add at least 150mln dollar to this. So I don't think that is realistic.
A search for Bartolomeo today lead me to this presentation from june 4th.http://youbenefit.spaceflight.esa.int/docs/20180620/Bartolomeo.pdf
Robotic Survey of Columbus (COL) Trunnions: The robotics team performed a survey of the Cargo Bridge & Columbus Trunnion using the MSS cameras in preparation for the Bartolomeo (BTL) commercial facility arriving on SpX-20. Upon arrival, it will be robotically deployed and attached to the ram-facing Columbus (COL) trunnion pins. The trunnion-to-trunnion distance is critical to the success of Bartolomeo installation as a larger-than-expected spacing could result in excessive structural loading within the outrigger beam during trunnion clamp closure. This survey will assist in confirming the on orbit trunnion-to-trunnion measurement.
The European Space Agency ESA has now firmly booked a payload slot for a Norwegian instrument to monitor plasma density in the Earth's atmosphere.
The Multi-Needle Langmuir Probe (m-NLP) is an instrument from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian company Eidsvoll Electronics to measure ionospheric plasma densities.
The payload is scheduled to launch on ISS resupply flight NG-14 in October 2020 and will be the first payload to be installed on the Bartolomeo Platform outside the European Columbus Module.
Bartolomeo & Dextre parked below Destiny, Dragon in the backgroundSource: https://twitter.com/iaidiWM/status/1243860293647769601
Airbus and Xenesis have signed a contract for a payload slot on the International Space Station (ISS) Bartolomeo platform for the demonstration of their Xen-Hub optical communication space terminal.
You are not the only one getting older. It happens to materials too, even more so outside the @Space_Station, where radiation, vacuum and extreme temperatures make them age faster. @esa is looking for 45 samples that will spend months on #Bartolomeo.
Any news on when they are going to install payloads onto Bartolomeo? And when they are going to take Bartolomeo into operation?