International Space Station Assembly Flight 2A
The first U.S.-built component of the International Space Station,
a six-sided connecting module and passageway, or node, named Unity,
will be the primary cargo of Space Shuttle mission STS-88, the
first mission dedicated to assembly of the station.
(IMAX Cargo Bay Camera)
The IMAX Cargo Bay Camera (ICBC) payload is a 65mm color motion
picture camera system. The system consists of a camera, a lens
assembly, and a film magazine containing approximately 3500 ft
of film. The camera system is housed in an insulated pressurized
enclosure with a movable lens window cover, and is mounted in
the cargo bay on a Get Away Special (GAS) beam or Extended Adaptive
Payload Carrier (EAPC). The camera system is operated from the
Aft Flight Deck (AFD) with the GAS Autonomous Payload Controller
(Satelite de Aplicaciones/Cientifico-A)
SAC-A is a small nonrecoverable satellite built by the Argentinean
National Commission of Space Activities (CONAE). The satellite
will test and characterize the performance of new equipment and
technologies which may be used in future operational or scientific
missions. The satellite payload includes a Differential Global
Positioning System (DGPS), a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera,
Argentinean built silicon solar cells, and a magnetometer.
The MightySat 1 payload consists of a nonrecoverable all-composite
spacecraft structure and experiments integrated with a Hitchhiker
(HH) ejection system (HES), then mounted inside a lidless carrier.
The HH equipment consists of one HH lightweight avionics plate
(LAP), the HH avionics, one 5-cubic-foot HH canister, and one
HH adapter beam assembly (ABA). The payload will be mounted in
the orbiter bay 6 port location on a GSFC-provided HH ABA, with
the MightySat 1 canister mounted in the forward position and the
HH avionics mounted in the aft position.
Experiment Module (SEM-07)
The SEM program is an educational initiative to increase student
access to space. Kindergarten through University students are
represented. The SEM-07 utilizes a standard 5 cubic-foot GAS canister
with a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)-provided internal support
structure, battery, power distribution system, data sampling and
storage devices, and harness. It will be mounted on an SSP/JSC-provided
adaptor beam in Bay 13, port side, forward position. SEM-07 will
be PASSIVE. There will be no batteries or power supplied by the
The GAS payload G-093 is sponsored by the University of Michigan.
The objective of this experiment is to investigate the propagation
of a vortex ring through a liquid-gas interface in microgravity.