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The MCE (Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment) is an experimental payload serving on the International Space Station (ISS)

MCE contains following two scientific (ISS-IMAP and JEM-GLISM) and three engineering experiments (SIMPLE, REXJ and HDTV):

  • ISS-IMAP: ISS Ionosphere, Mesosphere, upper Atmosphere, and Plasmasphere mapper. The IMAP payload is a visible light spectrometer that examines the energy and plasma activity and related global transportation near the rim of atmosphere.
  • JEM-GLISM (Global Lightning and Sprite Measurement). GLISM looks at the spatial distribution of lightning and plasma phenomena and their discharge characteristics throughout the atmosphere during night passes.
  • SIMPLE (Space Inflatable Membranes Pioneering Long-term Experiments) seeks to collect engineering data in orbit for inflatable space structures
  • REX-J (Robot Experiment on JEM) demonstrates realtime ground control of a robotic system by providing validation data during robotic manipulation.
  • HDTV (High Definition Television Camera System) is a high resolution TV camera that acquires data for evaluating how long a COTS-HDTV survives in the orbit environment for development of future Space HDRV systems.

The MCE launched to the ISS on a Japanese HTV 3 (Kounotori 3), and was transferred and installed via Extravehicular Robotics (EVR) on the JEF (JEM-EF) exposed facility of the Japanese JEM module.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: JAXA
Contractors: JAXA
Configuration: Attached ISS payload
Propulsion: None
Power: Via ISS
Lifetime: 7 years
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MCE N/A 21.07.2012 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 3 (Kounotori 3), SCaN-Testbed, Raiko, WE WISH, FITSat 1, F 1, TechEdSat 1

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