Erasmus USOC future experiments & payloads
At the moment various additional experiments and payloads that are planned to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future, are scheduled to fall under the responsibility of the Erasmus USOC.
The experiments and payloads assigned to Erasmus at the moment are:
The FASTER ("Facility for Absorption and Surface Tension") experiment is a Capillarity Pressure Tensiometer developed for the study of the links between emulsion stability and physico-chemical characteristics of droplet interfaces. The FASTER experiment will be integrated on orbit into the European Drawer Rack (EDR) inside the Columbus module. Operations will be supported by Erasmus USOC together with MARS Center acting as Facility Support Center for FASTER facility.
EML in the European Drawer Rack is an Electro-Magnetic Levitator for investigation of metal alloy properties under weightlessness, supporting basic and industrial research. It shall be integrated in the European Drawer Rack (EDR), which is on board the Columbus Module. Different experiment samples will be uploaded to space and brought back to ground for metallographic investigation. EML will occupy almost the entire EDR rack with scientific samples containers and supporting equipment (electronics, water-cooling, Gas-supply, science camera’s), taking 2 ISIS Drawers and 3 Lockers in EDR. MUSC (Cologne) will be the USOC responsible for EML, while operating in EDR.
The Miller-Urey experiment is based on the experiment conducted by Prof. Stanley Miller and Prof. Harold Urey in 1953 at the University of Chicago. The experiment simulated the same conditions as present on the early days of the planets, to figure out how organic compounds were formed from inorganic gasses, when sufficient energy is available. More information can be found on the website of the Institute for Communication Networks and Satellite Communications (IKS), Graz University of Technology.
Last update: 8 April 2011