Airbus

Bartolomeo enables the hosting of external payloads in low-Earth orbit, on-board the International Space Station ISS.

Created: 2018-11-07

Updated: 2021-07-28

Company - Airbus

Founded
Country
1970
USA
Website
Airbus
Airbus

Service - Bartolomeo

Classification
Microgravity & ISS Flight Service
Category
ISS Utilization Service
ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)
Status
1) Active
First launch
2020

Application areas include (but are not limited to) Earth observation, robotics, material science or astrophysics; payloads can be hosted for institutional and private organizations alike.
Airbus Defence and Space’s All-in-One Mission Service comprises all mission elements into one commercial contract (mission preparation, payload launch, payload on-orbit installation, commissioning, operation, payload data processing and delivery), in order to provide the customer a reliable integrated mission solution. The offer includes the option to return the entire payload or a selected sample to Earth.
Bartolomeo launch on Dragon CRS-20 in March 2020.
Successfully completed the on-orbit commissioning in March 2021 of the Bartolomeo platform, the new payload hosting facility on the International Space Station. Following the successful connection of a majority of the necessary cabling during EVA-73 mid-March, a couple of days of intense work in Bremen were concluded with a successful final test of functionality and reliability of the downlink. The ISS Crew were informed of the successful commissioning – for which their installation work during two recent EVAs was indispensable – on March 31st.
The platform has now been put in standby mode, with power and bandwidth resources released, while awaiting the arrival of first payloads, currently scheduled for early 2022.
The European aerospace giant Airbus has commenced the study phase of a factory for assembling an antenna and a satellite in earth’s orbit. Consisting of two robotic arms, a demonstrator of this concept is expected to be functional by as early as 2025. An industrial team is also working on developing a 3D printer for the International Space Station. Through the Horizon 2020 Program, Airbus will lead the PERASPERA In-Orbit Demonstration, or PERIOD project, focusing on building spacecraft while orbiting the Earth.

An international team led by Airbus Defence and Space (Friedrichshafen, Germany) with scientists from Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM (Dresden, Germany), Boston University (Massachusetts, USA) and Abengoa Innovación (Seville, Spain) has successfully demonstrated the production of oxygen and metals from simulated lunar dust (regolith) with the Airbus-invented process named ROXY (Regolith to OXYgen and Metals Conversion). Airbus believes ROXY could revolutionise human space exploration.

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