BlackBox is a remotely commanded platform that has research fully integrated on the ground and completely contained from the astronaut crew. We love working with the crew onboard the Space Station – but sometimes researchers want to use materials, chemicals, or biological agents that NASA deems just a bit too risky for the astronauts for manoeuvre themselves. So that’s why we built BlackBox!
All the astronauts have to do is plug the entire locker-sized platform in on-orbit for power and data. BlackBox allows for multiple experiments to occur simultaneously.