NASA National Payloads Office Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) Contract
CKS Technologies wins NASA National Payloads Office Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) contract on a Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. subcontract. Tasks included structural analysis and documentation for the DFMR (Design for Minimum Risk) Matrix and verification report.
MUSES is a Teledyne Space Platform that provides on-orbit install and removal of multiple payloads. It was launched on June 3, 2017, installed on the international space station and declared fully operational. MUSES is a first of its kind commercial space imaging mission that supports up to four (4) in-flight robotically installed sensors. The MUSES mission is enabled by flight and ground segments designed for flexibility and reconfigurability. Teledyne Brown Engineering has supported civil space programs for over 60 years. In continuation of this relationship and the commercialization of space, MUSES was developed through a first of its kind cooperative agreement with the ISS Program Office.
The MUSES Platform is mounted on EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC-4) on the starboard-nadir side of the ISS truss. The MUSES pointing accuracy is better than 30 arc seconds, which corresponds to about 60 m on the ground at the nominal ISS altitude of 400 km. The MUSES Master Time provided to hosted payloads has an accuracy of < ±250‰ sec to GPS time. Geo-location is sourced from the ISS GPS system and is accurate to ±50 m.