MSFC MSFC-HDBK-3051 REV A: MICROGRAVITY SCIENCE GLOVEBOX (MSG) CAPABILITIES MANUAL
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The Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) is a double rack facility designed for microgravity investigation/experiment handling aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The MSG consists of: The Core Facility (CF), the International Standard Payload Rack (ISPR) with its Standard Payload Outfitting Equipment (SPOE).
The MSG facility provides an enclosed working area for investigation/experiment manipulation and observation in the ISS. This working area can serve as an environment that is isolated from the manned atmosphere, as a constantly recirculating environment that is maintained at a pressure lower than the manned ambient, or as a working area not isolated from the manned atmosphere. This is accomplished by a design that includes multiple air circulation modes, multipurpose filters that filter circulated air, and access for differing requirements for experiment manipulation.
This manual contains information on the capabilities of the MSG facility. The manual includes information in the following areas: general system description, mechanical and electrical interfaces, power, video, command and data, thermal conditioning, vacuum resource and exhaust, Nitrogen, experiment material handling, working envelopes and MSG outfitting equipment.
This is a top-level document, which attempts to identify the MSG resources available to the user. Resource details and interface requirements are fully described in the MSG Investigation Interface Requirements Document (IIRD), MSFC-RQMT-2888. Information concerning schedules and integration requirements can be found in the MSG Investigation Integration Plan, MSFC-PLAN-3052. These documents will be made available to all investigations assigned to a flight/increment.
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