The MSG will enable astronauts on board the ISS to perform a wide variety of materials, combustion, fluids and biotechnology experiments as well as investigations in the microgravity environment. It can also accommodate minor repairs and servicing of hardware requiring a controlled working environment. The facility offers users a wide range of innovative, utilization alternatives from manual control by astronauts via laptop computers to fully automated and remote control from Earth (“Telescience”). A permanent data exchange link with ground stations is also ensured.
MSG will be launched from Cape Canaveral inside the logistics module, MPLM-Leonardo aboard a US Space Shuttle – STS-111 UF2 – mission to the International Space Station (ISS).