MEI Technologies-supported Payloads Arrive at International Space Station

STP-H6 on the ISS. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON (MEI Technologies PR) — Officials at MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT) have announced the successful arrival of two MEIT-supported payloads—the Space Test Program-Houston 6 (STP-H6) and the RED-EYE—brought to the International Space Station onboard the SpaceX-17 resupply vehicle. These two payloads represent the culmination of the efforts of the Space Test Program, Aerospace Corporation- and MEIT-integrated teams to fly new technologies.

The STP-H6 payload, which is designed, built and integrated by MEIT includes multiple experiments from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Experiments: The STP-H6-Spacecraft Supercomputing for Image and Video Processing (SSIVP) investigation evaluates new technology for space-based supercomputing; the STP-H6-integrated Miniature Electro-Static Analyzer (iMESA) characterizes natural disturbances in the local space environment; the STP-H6-Army Cost Efficient Spaceflight Research, Experiments, and Demonstrations (ACES RED) Attitude Determination and Control System (ADACS) Experiment 1 (ACES RED 1) is designed to improve nanosatellites position and attitude knowledge and control capabilities; the STP-H6-X-Ray Communication (XCOM) demonstrates a space communication and tracking system using a beam of modulated X-rays rather than radiowave frequencies traditionally used for communication; the STP-H6-Spacecraft PlasmA Diagnostic suitE (SPADE) investigation characterizes the space plasma environment and spacecraft charging; the STP-H6-Near InfraRed Airglow Camera (NIRAC) demonstrates using a near-infrared camera to make nighttime observations of airglow, the faint emission of light in the upper atmosphere; and the STP-H6-Navy Interferometric Star Tracker Experiment (NISTEx II) demonstrates technology that increases by 100 times the accuracy of star detection and direction measurements.

STP-H6 during pre-launch testing. (Credit: STTP.

“MEIT is proud to have supported the DoD for over two decades by successfully integrating and launching over 320 payload and experiment packages,” stated MEIT CEO David Cazes. “It is a great honor, with the STP-H6, to fly experiments from three branches of our military at the same time – a true reflection of how we are all in this together.”

MEIT also led the safety effort to certify the RED-EYE that launched aboard SpX-17. This satellite will be deployed from the ISS later this year to demonstrate technologies which will increase the utility of low-cost microsatellites.

“Safety is critical in all we do, and we are very proud to have supported the safety effort on DARPA’s RED-EYE satellite,” stated Cazes.

MEIT is currently preparing the next round of experiments as part of the next generation of STP-H-series payloads, STP-H7 and STP-H8, scheduled to launch to and operate on the ISS. In addition to the H-series payloads, MEIT is also integrating a biological payload on SpX18 with an expected July 2019 launch date and is expecting to launch its first satellite bus late 2019.