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NASA Highlights Science on 20th SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

SpaceX CRS-20, also known as SpX-20, is a Commercial Resupply Service mission to the International Space Station planned to be launched on March 2, 2020. The mission is contracted by NASA and will be flown by SpaceX using a Dragon CRS. This will be SpaceX's last flight for Dragon CRS and concludes the NASA CRS-1 contract extension. The second contract (CRS-2) was awarded in January 2016 and will begin with the SpaceX CRS-21 mission planned for August 2020.



Bartolomeo, formerly known as CEPHFISS (Commercial External Payload Hosting Facility on ISS), is an external payload platform developed by Airbus and operated by ESA.

Bartolomeo will provide power and data transmission for up to 12 payload slots, and will be the first external commercial research platform to be installed on the ISS.


Airbus workers unpack the Bartolomeo platform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for its launch to the International Space Station. The platform, manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, hosts multiple external payloads in low-Earth orbit. Credits: NASA

GEROS-ISS is an innovative experiment for climate research, which will be installed on the European Space Agency (ESA) Columbus module of the International Space Station.GEROS-ISS will use navigation satellite (GNSS) signals for remote sensing of ocean, ice and land surfaces and also for atmosphere sounding to derive information on climate change. Main mission goal is the precise determination of the sea surface height using reflected GNSS signals.


Interoperable Radio System (IORS) is the foundation element of the ARISS next generation radio system on ISS. A total of 4 flight units and 10 total units are being built by the ARISS hardware team. This first IORS radio will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. A second flight unit is expected to be launched on a later 2020 cargo flight for installation in the Russian Service module.[11]

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