Geophysics research on ISS Russian Segment

Molnyia-SM Experiment


Investigation of optical emissions in the Earth atmosphere and ionosphere associated with thunderstorm and seismic activity.


  • Development tests of methods for monitoring of thunderstorm activity, optical emissions of the Earth atmosphere and ionosphere under different geographic and geophysical conditions.
  • Obtaining statistical data on global distribution of thunderstorm activity in lower and middle latitudes.
  • Investigation of night sky luminescence over areas of seismic activity.

Science Hardware Used:

  • VFS-3M video photometry system
  • LSO equipment
  • A unit of microcameras on a rotary bracket
  • Electronics unit
  • A set of cables

Support Equipment:

  • EGE 1 experiments control unit
  • Power supply unit
  • A set of cables
  • Brackets


  • Magneto-optical disks
  • Removable hard disks

Expected Results:

  • Magneto-optical disk with digital video recording of observations (no less than 10 minutes per one session).
  • Ballistic data for control of measurement results (ISS attitude and altitude, geographic coordinates of a subsatellite point, angle of the Sun, angle of the Moon).
  • Original and decoded telemetry information (on equipment state, operational modes and detected events of lightning).

ISS Crew

Shannon Walker WALKER

leg Novitskiy Novitskiy

Petr Dubrov Dubrov

Mark Vande Hei Vande Hei

Michael Hopkins Hopkins

Victor Glover Glover

Soichi Noguchi Noguchi