Meet MUSES - MUSES is a Teledyne Space Platform that provides on-orbit install and removal of multiple payloads. It was launched on June 3, 2017, installed on the international space station and declared fully operational. MUSES is a first of its kind commercial space imaging mission that supports up to four (4) in-flight robotically installed sensors. The MUSES mission is enabled by flight and ground segments designed for flexibility and reconfigurability. Teledyne Brown Engineering has supported civil space programs for over 65 years. In continuation of this relationship and the commercialization of space, MUSES was developed through a first of its kind coorperative agreement with the ISS Program Office.

Commands and Data Downlink - We operate the MUSES platform and collect telemetry and data downlink from the Teledyne Operations Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Our operational commands are transmitted to MUSES via a secure link to the ISS. We control MUSES functions and its hosted payloads and manage the data from collection to post processing.

Communications - A dedicated MUSES Server on-board the ISS is used to temporarily store the data before it is encrypted and downlinked through the ISS high-rate data transmission link to the ground.


The MUSES Platform is mounted on EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC-4) on the starboard-nadir side of the ISS truss. The MUSES pointingaccuracy is better than 30 arc seconds, which corresponds to about 60 m on the ground at the nominal ISS altitude of 400 km. The MUSES Master Time provided to hosted payloads has an accuracy of < ±250‰ sec to GPS time. Geo-location is sourced from the ISS GPS system and is accurate to ±50 m.

All Payload Accommodations include:

  • Commanding through Gbit ethernet
  • Payload health and status via Gbit ethernet
  • Primary data transmitted via Gbit ethernet
  • Radiative heat rejection only. Htr Pwr available
  • Files may be transferred one-by-one or in batches

Large Payload Accommodations provide support equivalent to small satellite payloads in the 100 lb to 200 lb class.

  • Maximum Mass: 100 kg
  • Maximum Height: 35" (92cm)
  • Maximum Width: ~18" (~46 cm) dia
  • Maximum Power: 222 W @ 28 Vdc

Small Payload Accommodations provide support equivalent to small satellite payloads in the 50 lb to 100 lb class.

  • Maximum Mass: 50 kg
  • Maximum Height: 35" (92 cm)
  • Maximum Width: ~10" (~25 cm) dia
  • Maximum Power: 112 W @ 28 Vdc

See the Geospatial Overview brochure for more information.