Space Exploration Technology

​QinetiQ Space has developed a number of key technologies for future Mars missions and exploration programmes:

QinetiQ Space is the prime contractor for the development of the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM), the European androgynous low impact docking mechanism that is capable of docking and berthing large and small spacecraft. The IBDM is designed according to the International Docking System Standard (IDSS) and is hence compatible with the future ISS International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the US side of the ISS.
A bio-sealing mechanism developed to fully contain possibly contaminated samples and sample containers for the Mars sample Return Mission.
Landing systems for Mars and the moon.
A number of integrated, efficient, fast and enjoyable countermeasures, maintaining the astronaut’s health during space flights.
Recycling and advanced life support technology.
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Space Exploration Technology