SSEP Mission 14 to the International Space Station (ISS)

Information to be determined is in RED TEXT below.
Information that is subject to change is in GREEN TEXT below.

Last update of this page:  February 26, 2020, 2:28 pm ET

 

Payload Ferry Flights and ISS Crew Data

Ferry Vehicle to ISS: SpaceX CRS-21 (SpX-21)

Current Launch Date: No Earlier Than (NET) October 30, 2020 (useful reference NASA Consolidated Launch Schedule at nasa.gov)
Crew: none
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Berthing at ISS: 1 to 4 days after launch

Launch Date History:
Initial Launch DateAugust 5, 2020
Rescheduled to: NET October 30, 2020

Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth: SpaceX CRS-21
Crew: none
Unberth/Landing Date: TBD
Landing Site: TBD

Payload Duration on ISS: nominally 4-6 weeks; anticipate 4 weeks

Notable: Visit the NASA ISS website for a comprehensive overview of ISS construction, on-orbit research, operations, crews, and multimedia galleries; read about the SpaceX Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft at nasa.gov.

ISS Crew for SSEP Mission 14 Payload Operations: TBD (see Expeditions Schedule at nasa.gov)
Expedition and crew to be listed once closer to launch date


SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Payload and Program Data

Payload Designation: SSEP16 – Apollo (named for NASA’s Apollo Program)
Starting with Mission 12 to ISS, SSEP experiment payloads were named for NASA human spaceflight programs; for SSEP Missions 5 to 11, experiment payloads were named for Apollo Command Modules; prior to Mission 5, payloads were named for Apollo Lunar Modules.

Number of Student Team Flight Experiments: 33
32 communities are participating in SSEP Mission 14 to ISS with 1 community flying 2 experiments and 32 communities flying 1 experiment.

Payload: Suite of Fluids Mixing Enclosure (FME – Mark II) Mini-laboratories

Stowage: NanoRacks Express Rack in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM; also nicknamed Kibo) on ISS

History: The sixteenth SSEP flight opportunity—SSEP Mission 14 to the International Space Station—was announced by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education on March 22, 2019, with accompanying Video Clips describing SSEP by Center Director, Dr. Jeff Goldstein: Clip 1 (NASA), Clip 2 (NASA)

Current Status: (as of February 2020) A Final Flight Safety Review Form (Final FSRF) is complete for all 33 Mission 14 student flight experiment teams. The data from the Final FSRFs is slated for submission to NASA Toxicology at Johnson Space Center, for 4 months of Flight Safety Review, on March 9, 2020. 

A List of Important SSEP Mission 14 to ISS Subpages:
SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Critical Timeline
SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation
SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Mission Patch Art and Design Competition
SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Flight Operations

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.