TangoLab facilities are autonomous, configurable ecosystems designed for microgravity research and pilot manufacturing aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Each TangoLab is designed to hold up to 21 CubeLab Units (U), in a variety of potential configurations. This high-throughput architecture allows for scalable and affordable use of microgravity.
There are currently two TangoLab facilities aboard the International Space Station: TangoLab-1 since August 2016 in the Japanese Experiment Module and TangoLab-2 since August 2017 in Destiny - the U.S. Laboratory.
Each payload card, made from anodized aluminum, holds up to 7U worth of CubeLabs. Lab Management Cards (LMCs), integrated into Payload Cards, provide power protection and telemetry. Located on the back of the Payload Card, an included astronaut handle allows for easy attachment and removal if a CubeLab has unique requirements for ascent and/or descent.
A CubeLab is an individual unit used to contain experiments or production systems. CubeLabs are responsible for environmental control beyond facility ambient conditions as well as analytics. They are designed to run autonomously and report data upon power up in TangoLabs. Much life CubeSats, these ~4” cubes scale to 2U, 3U, and even 7U sizes to fit customer needs.