Geophysics research on ISS Russian Segment

Vsplesk Experiment


Study of processes binding seismic processes and phenomena in the earths crust, magnetosphere, ionosphere and Van Allen belt, and physical nature of seismic effects in near-earth space, as well assessment of possible prediction of earthquakes by bursts of high-energy charged particles in near-earth space.


  • Installing Vsplesk hardware inside the station and external to the pressurized module during EVA
  • Recording bursts of high-energy particles in near-earth space.

Science Hardware Used:

  • Vsplesk unit

Support Equipment:

  • Internal cable set
  • Cable holder
  • Vsplesk cable kit
  • Platform with locks

Expected Results:

Investigation of physical processes in near-earth space using Vsplesk hardware will allow not only understand the nature of seismomagnetospheric phenomena, but also advance in solution of real-world problems in developing prediction methods for earthquakes by space systems.

Experiment Results:

Scientific data bank generated as a result of recording bursts of high-energy charged particles and measuring their spatial, time and energy characteristics.

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