Features:

  • Can carry payloads that are incompatible with experiments on ISS, e.g., liquid oxygen or liquid hydrogen
  • Deployable sunshield combined with three-axis attitude control provides temperatures in experiment below 150 K
  • Benefits long-duration in-space cryogen storage by demonstrating thermal management methods that are directly applicable to larger-scale storage, such as upper stages or propellant depots
  • Supports long duration (multiple month) experiments
  • Can capture images of low-temperature payloads
  • Volume of 1.5 U available for payload
  • Three-axis attitude control uses three reaction wheels and three magnetorquers

Potential experiment payloads

  • Cryogenic fluid management
  • Optical instruments
  • Superconductivity
  • Infrared thermal imaging
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology
  • Boiling and condensation physics

Sierra Lobo will provide a CryoCube™ to NASA Kennedy Space Center for a CubeSat Launch Initiative mission