The rig is built to NASA and ESA specifications, and is currently awaiting an audit. Our results consistently agree with published data to within 1%.
Other than the provision of twelve, rather than twenty-four specimen compartments, tests are run to ECSS-Q-ST-70-02C 2008 issue (previously ECSS-Q-70-02A, generic ECSS-Q-70-02).
Twelve cells (two blocks of six) are available per run. The allocation of these is, of course, entirely up to the customer dependent on how closely they are required to conform to the Standard. However, the normal distribution we are asked for is:
three samples of each of three materials (9 cells)
one empty cell per block (2 cells)
Although not called for in the ESA specification, we can monitor the vacuum with a mass spectrometer and provide the customer with a print-out (additional cost).
A report of mass loss and gain is produced with annotations where anomalies or unexpected results arise.
The price quoted is for a basic run. Any other requirements - e.g.. post-run conditioning are priced accordingly.