NASA has featured an extensive article on two of Bradford glovebox facilities currently on – or planned for delivery in the near future to – the International Space Station.
Microgravity Science Glovebox
The Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), has been on-orbit since June 2002 and has been one of the most-utilized science investigation facilities on the ISS. Any glovebox intended for space provides an enclosed volume, at a slight underpressure compared to the main cabin, allowing astronauts to perform experiments in a safe and controlled manner. The MSG in particular has a 250 litre work volume, providing various power and data interfaces and thermal control to an experiment. Up to earlier this year, access to the enclosed work volume of the MSG was granted by two 6-inch gloveports in the fixed front window or two relatively large 16-inch ports in the side panels.
Last February, the fixed front window of the MSG was removed and replaced with a Removable Front Window (RFW) assembly. The new window allows for easier access to the MSG through the front, rather than smaller access ports on either side of the glovebox. This allows a significantly improved access and utilization of the work volume of the MSG facility.
Life Sciences Glovebox
Originally delivered for one of the cancelled laboratory modules of the ISS, NASA is planning to fly an other Bradford glovebox to the station in early 2018. The Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) will with a 500-litre work volume the largest glovebox ever flown in space. It is well suited to allow various biological and life sciences related investigations, typically requiring the larger available interior volume. Also the LSG has a removable front window and two gloveports on each of the front and side panels, allowing multiple astronauts to work with an experiment inside at the same time.
The full story can be found here on the NASA website: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/msg_new_window