Alpha Space owns and operates the MISSE, an orbiting commercial science facility permanently installed on the exterior of the International Space Station. Alpha Space, a woman- and minority-owned company, serves the Space Research, Testing, and Materials Science communities with turn-key, fixed price services that make getting science and test elements safely into space, and data and materials back to earth, as simple and inexpensive as possible. If it fits, it flies.
The MISSE flight facility gives researchers unprecedented insight to experiments that benefit space programs and on-earth applications alike. These benefits include technological advancements to improve our nation's defense and enhance our standard of living. MISSE is fixed to the exterior of the ISS where experiments endure extreme levels of solar- and charged-particle radiation, atomic oxygen, hard vacuum, and temperature extremes with little-to-no contamination. MISSE yields accelerated and accurate testing results for experiments varying from space suits and flight hardware to car paint and electronics.
Whether you are NASA, a commercial company or an individual, Alpha Space has space for you. And you only need to work with Alpha Space in order to launch. Through our privately-owned MISSE Facility, you can send your payload to the ISS and evaluate the performance, stability, and long-term survivability of materials and components.
Access to space testing is no longer limited to only NASA scientists. Corporations, entrepreneurs, and private business owners who see a business opportunity can now access testing for their products.
Alpha Space is the only company that will return your experiment back to you and you have the ability to pick location of testing on MISSE .