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Space Station Assembly

Elements: EXPRESS Pallet

EXPRESS is the acronym for EXpedite The PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station. The EXPRESS program consists of two separate systems: the EXPRESS rack for pressurized payloads and the EXPRESS pallet for attached payloads.

IMAGE: EXPRESS PalletThe EXPRESS pallet for attached payloads is provided by Brazil as a participant through a bilateral arrangement with the United States and the Brazilian Space Agency, which is also known as AEB.

Attached Payloads are located outside of the pressurized volume of the space station on the truss or the Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility, or JEM EF. The EXPRESS Pallet can be located at any site on the truss segment and has six robotically replaceable adapters for payloads or payload complements.

Attached payloads may use the station power, command and data handling system and video. The crew will interface using robotics for installation and removal of the attached payloads, with no nominal extravehicular activity operations anticipated.


Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 03/01/2006
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