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Airbus: services agreement with European Space Agency

( - Airbus has announced the signature of a service agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) for two independent payload missions.

They will be launched in 2022 and 2024 to the Bartolomeo payload platform of the International Space Station (ISS).

The first mission is for ESA's exobiology payload (EXPO), which will perform radiation experiments, while the second will be dedicated to the SESAME (Euro Material Ageing) experimental platform, which will investigate the ageing of certain new materials in space.

These service contracts, worth 6.5 million euros, are the first to be included in the new framework agreement between ESA and Airbus, which predefines the general commercial conditions for ESA payload missions on Bartolomeo.

The Airbus Bartolomeo platform was launched and robotically attached to the Columbus module of the ISS in 2020. Once the final cabling connection is made during an EVA, or 'spacewalk', in early 2021, the platform will be ready for space operations, Airbus said.

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