Spacelab Subsystems Igloo

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    Spacelab Subsystems Igloo

    The igloo canister, used on pallet-only missions with no laboratory module, contained Spacelab subsystems. It provided power, communications, etc. to instruments on pallets in the Space Shuttle payload bay.

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    Subsystems Igloo Spacelab with NASA Logo

     

    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. Highlighte on this image is a NASA logo on the side of the Subsystems Igloo Spacelab.

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    Subsystems Igloo Spacelab

     

    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.

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This object is on display in the Space Science at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

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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.