In February, the ISS crew removed the fixed front window of Bradford’s Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and replaced it with a Removable Front Window (RFW) assembly. The new window will allow for easier access to the MSG through the front, rather than smaller access ports on either side of the MSG. The upgraded MSG was immediately put back to work as can be seen in below video.
The Microgravity Science Glovebox was developed and built by Bradford Engineering BV around the turn of the century. The MSG facility was delivered to the then fledgling ISS by the space shuttle Endeavour during mission STS-111 in June 2002. The MSG is currently located in the main US laboratory module Destiny of the station.
For the last 15 years Bradford has been continuously supporting the MSG hardware on-orbit, and the Removable Front Window (RFW) is the biggest upgrade yet. The RFW was successfully developed and built in a fast-paced one-year programme, and was delivered to the ISS by the Japanese cargo ship HTV-6 in December 2016.