On the left: taken by the camera of the robotic arm, shows a clamp of the Bartolomeo platform slowly closing around a docking port at the Columbus laboratory. On the right: Bartolomeo installed and mounted to the Columbus laboratory (©NASA)
Thus, an important step has been taken towards the commercial use of the platform for microgravity research. Andreas Hammer, Head of Space Exploration, congratulated the whole team: "I am pleased that our space projects are continuing in these difficult times. This was an outstanding achievement by the team, my congratulations and appreciation go to all those involved who had to work under great time pressure. They have every right to be proud of this. I would also like to thank our customers ESA and DLR, who have provided us with substantial support for our project. Now it is all the more important to find more customers for the platform in order to further advance the commercial exploitation of research in near-Earth space".
Although the platform is now firmly attached to Columbus, the electrical connection is still missing. This must be provided by an outboard mission of the ISS astronauts. When this action can take place is not yet defined.