The development status of the instrument is in phase B (preliminary design phase) which started in june 2010. This phase is mainly focusing on the development of motors and the characterization of their performances. Phase B includes also testing at the breadboard level.
The next milestones are:
- June 2012 : Mid Term Review about the design and performances
- Sept. 2012 : Simplified tests on the mechanical parts + optics
- Dec. 2012 : Preliminary Design Review: formal review of the project, including safety and operation on the ISS
- Beginning 2013 : Scientific tests about the benchmark tests defined by the Science team