SSEP Mission 16 to the International Space Station (ISS)

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Last update of this page:  February 4, 2023, 10:07 am ET

 

COVID IMPACT: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic SSEP Mission 16 to the International Space Station (ISS) was split into Mission 16A and 16B. 19 communities (21 flight experiments) followed the original SSEP Mission 16 Critical Timeline (16A), while 3 communities ( 3 flight experiments) that were severely impacted by the pandemic followed an alternate Mission 16 Critical Timeline (16B). The expectation was that two different experiment payloads would be flown on two different rockets. However, due to launch delays, all Mission 16 flight experiments and mission patches were flown together as the SSEP Mission 16 to ISS Ranger payload (see Payload Designation below).

 

Payload Ferry Flights and ISS Crew Data

Ferry Vehicle to ISS: SpaceX-26

Launch Date: November 26, 2022, 2:20 pm ET (useful reference NASA Consolidated Launch Schedule at nasa.gov)
Crew: 
none
Launch Site: Launch Complex (LC) 39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL

Berthing at ISS: 1 to 4 days after launch

Launch Date History:
Initial Launch Date: October 1, 2022
Rescheduled to: November 15, 2022
Rescheduled to: November 18, 2022, 5:27 pm ET
Rescheduled to: November 19, 2022, 6:04 pm ET
Rescheduled to: November 21, 2022, 4:19 pm ET
Rescheduled to: November 22, 2022, 3:54 pm ET
Rescheduled to: November 26, 2022, 2:20 pm ET

Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth: SpaceX-26
Crew: none
Unberth/Landing Date: January 9, 2023/January 11, 2023
Landing Site: splashdown in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, off Florida coast
Payload Duration on ISS: 6 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 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 participated in SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: 24 experiments were selected, with 20 communities flying 1 experiment.and 2 communities flying 2 experiments

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

History:
The 18th 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:
The Mission 16 experiments returned to Earth on SpaceX-26 on January 11, 2023, and were shipped back to the student flight teams for harvesting ands analysis.

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
SSEP Mission 16 to ISS: Flight Operations
Mission 16 to ISS Experiment Log
Launch Viewing Plans for SpaceX-26 and Flight of SSEP Mission 16 ‘Ranger’

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.