ASIM

ASIM

Climate observatory for the International Space Station.

ISS

ASIM will be installed on ISS on the Columbus External Payload Facility.

Dragon

Launched by Falcon-9, the Dragon transport vehicle will carry ASIM to ISS.

EVR

ASIM will be installed from Dragon to ISS Columbus by means of extra-vehicular robotics.

Installation

EVR
EVR

ASIM is transported to ISS in the external trunk of Dragon. Once Dragon is docked to ISS Node 2, the Space Station Remote Manipulator System - SSRMS will install ASIM in its final location on Columbus. The SSRMS will utilize the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator - SPDM to grab ASIM in the Dragon trunk for extraction. The SPDM can operate the Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism - FRAM to dettach ASIM from the trunk. The same mechanism is installed on the SPDM iteself in case ASIM needs to be fixed to the SPDM in order receive power for thermal heaters during the seven hour transfer to Columbus. On the Columbus External Payload Facility ASIM will be attached to the starboard facing deck location, named EPF SDX, which also suppports the FRAM.