Spacelab Subsystems Igloo


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Spacelab Subsystems Igloo

Collection Item Summary:

Spacelab could be configured with an enclosed laboratory module, exposed platforms called pallets, or a module-pallet combination. The igloo canister was used on pallet-only missions. Mounted beside a pallet, it held subsystems that supplied power and other utilities to instruments and experiments on the pallet. Missions using an igloo included Spacelab 2, Astro-1, ATLAS-1, ATLAS-2, ATLAS-3, and Astro-2.

Two igloo units were manufactured by the Belgian firm SABCA, and both were used in space. This one has intact exterior thermal insulation, but its internal hardware has been removed for reuse. NASA transferred it to the Museum when the Spacelab program ended in 1999.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Kennedy Space Center.


Aluminum alloy canister with MLI multi-layer thermal insulation blankets (Nomex, aluminized mylar, gold foil, etc.)


  • 3-D: 304.8 x 152.4cm, 1134kg (10 x 60 in., 2500lb.)
  • Storage (Crate): 120 x 60 x 60 in. (304.8 x 152.4 x 152.4cm)

Country of Origin



SPACECRAFT-Manned-Instruments & Payloads

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