SSEP Mission 16 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:  May 11, 2022, 1:34 pm ET

 

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic SSEP Mission 16 to the ISS has been split into Mission 16A and 16B. 19 communities (21 flight experiments) will follow the original SSEP Mission 16 Critical Timeline (16A), while 4 communities that were severely impacted by the pandemic during the 9 weeks of experiment design and proposal writing will follow an alternate Mission 16 Critical Timeline (16B).

 

Payload Ferry Flights and ISS Crew Data

SpaceX CRS-26 (SpaceX-26): Mission 16A - 21 of 25 experiments

Ferry Vehicle to ISS: SpaceX-26

Current Launch Date: October 1, 2022 (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 Date: October 1, 2022

Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth:  SpaceX-26
Crew: none
Unberth/Landing Date: TBD
Landing Site: if SpaceX, splashdown off the Pacific or Atlantic Coast
Payload Duration on ISS: nominally 4-6 weeks; expect 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; read about the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket; read about the Soyuz TMA vehicle at nasa.gov

ISS Crew for SSEP Mission 16 Payload Operations: Expedition TBD (see Expeditions Schedule at nasa.gov) crew to be listed once closer to launch date

SpaceX (vehicle to be determined): Mission 16B - 4 of 25 experiments

Ferry Vehicle to ISS: SpaceX-26

Current Launch Date: October 1, 2022 (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 Date: October 1, 2022

Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth: SpaceX-26
Crew: none
Unberth/Landing Date: TBD
Landing Site: if SpaceX, splashdown off the Pacific or Atlantic Coast
Payload Duration on ISS: nominally 4-6 weeks; expect 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; read about the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket; read about the Soyuz TMA vehicle at nasa.gov

ISS Crew for SSEP Mission 16 Payload Operations: Expedition TBD (see Expeditions Schedule at nasa.gov) crew to be listed once closer to launch date

 


SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: Payload and Program Data

Payload Designation: SSEP18 – Ranger (named for NASA’s Ranger Program, which imaged the lunar surface in advance of the Apollo Moon landings. Starting with Mission 16 to ISS, SSEP experiment payloads are named for NASA’s robotic lunar exploration programs in advance of the Apollo missions; for SSEP Missions 12 to 15, 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: 24
22 communities are participating in SSEP Mission 16 to ISS with 2 communities flying 2 experiments and 20 communities flying 1 experiment.

Payload: Suite of Fluids Mixing Enclosure (FME – Mark II) Mini-laboratories
Stowage: NanoRacks Express Rack on ISS

History:
The eighteenth SSEP flight opportunity—SSEP Mission 16 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 16, 2021, with accompanying Video Clips describing SSEP by Center Director, Dr. Jeff Goldstein: Clip 1 (NASA), Clip 2 (NASA)

Current Status:
Mission 16 to ISS was announced March 16, 2021. Operations for Mission 16 started in 22 participating communities on September 1, 2021. Mission 16 was subsequently divided into Mission 16A and 16B due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to provide an alternative timeline for some communities. Flight experiments for Mission 16A were selected on December 16, 2021. Flight experiments for Mission 16B are to be selected on May 25, 2022. The launch of the Mission 16A and 16B experiments is expected October 1, 2022 on SpaceX-26.

A List of Important SSEP Mission 16 to ISS Subpages:
SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: Critical Timeline – Mission 16A
SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: Critical Timeline – Mission 16B
SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation
SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: Mission Patch Art and Design Competition

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.