Named after the younger brother of Christopher Columbus, the Bartolomeo platform is attached to the European Columbus Module and operated by Airbus Defence and Space.
With its All-in-One Mission Service, the company provides all mission-related elements and can even assist when it comes to building the actual payload.
Operating a space mission on the Bartolomeo platform is a highly cost and time-efficient way of bringing a payload into space. Customers benefit from Airbus Defence and Space’s 10-year experience in integrating and operating payloads on the ISS: Customers fully concentrate on their individual Space mission, without needing to develop a complex space system or a deep understanding of the ISS.
An all-in-one mission service
Airbus Defence and Space’s All-in-One Mission Service comprises all mission elements into one commercial contract (mission preparation, payload launch, payload on-orbit installation, commissioning, operation, payload data processing and delivery), in order to provide the customer a reliable integrated mission solution. The offer includes the option to return the entire payload or a selected sample to Earth.
This customer-oriented service lets the user fully concentrate on their scientific/ technological objectives, without the need to worry about the surrounding environment, to develop a complex Space system to carry their payload, or accomplish a deep understanding of the ISS as such.
Airbus Defence and Space takes care of the launch operations
… the payload‘s transfer to the Bartolomeo platform
… and its installation (via a robot)
Launch opportunities are available on every servicing mission to the ISS, i.e. approximately every three months (average). Payloads can be launched pressurized or unpressurized; active cooling is available during launch and in Space.
Easy mission preparation: Payload sizes, interfaces, preparation steps and integration processes are largely standardized and hence, lead times can be as short as 12 months.
Highly Cost-Efficient: Thanks to the low-cost mission approach, customers can save significantly compared to traditional mission cost. This opens up opportunities for a variety of new types of applications and makes Bartolomeo ideal for R&D missions, e.g. technology demonstrations.