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Highlights in Columbus Operations and Preparation for Assembly Complete Operations Phase

Sabath, Dieter and Schulze-Varnholt, Dirk and Nitsch, Alexander (2010) Highlights in Columbus Operations and Preparation for Assembly Complete Operations Phase. International Astronautical Congress,, 27. Sept. - 01. Oktober 2010, Prag, Tschechische Republik.

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Abstract

Since the activation of Columbus on 12 February 2008 two and a half years of busy and partly challenging operation have been performed by the Columbus FCT. With a total of 9 experiment racks, 1 external payload and several stand-alone experiments situated in Columbus the Columbus Flight Control Team is very busy to prepare and execute operations in the European module, taking into account the larger workforce onboard ISS since the permanent 6 person crew has been established in May 2009. The major challenges of the third year of Columbus operations was the maintenance of the WOOV8 valve of the Thermal Control System by a combined crew/ground activity including a necessary rack tilting and the recovery of a Columbus Onboard DMS problem with some ripple effects on operations. The preparation work concentrated on new ESA experiments like the 5th ESA rack called MARES delivered with Shuttle flight 19A (STS-131) and the Vessel-ID payload delivered in spring 2010.The MARES rack is installed in F3 location in Columbus during 19A flight and a first short commission is planned in ULF4 stage. The major commissioning is foreseen for Increment 25&26 starting in October 2010, which needs to be prepared by the responsible USOC – CADMOS – together with the Col-OCs. After the retirement of the Shuttle in autumn 2010 the possibilities to transport defect parts to earth and spare parts to orbit will vanish or reduced, respectively. Hence the maintenance approach of Columbus after Assembly Complete of the ISS in 2010 has to be adapted to allow smooth operations and to ensure full support of the Columbus system for payload operations to fulfill the science objectives of the European module.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Highlights in Columbus Operations and Preparation for Assembly Complete Operations Phase
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Sabath, Dieterdieter.sabath@dlr.de
Schulze-Varnholt, DirkDirk.Schulze-Varnholt@astrium.eads.net
Nitsch, Alexanderalexander.nitsch@dlr.de
Date:September 2010
Status:Published
Keywords:Columbus CADMOS
Event Title:International Astronautical Congress,
Event Location:Prag, Tschechische Republik
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:27. Sept. - 01. Oktober 2010
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben COLUMBUS Betriebsvorbereitung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Sabine Klaas
Deposited On:13 Jan 2011 10:06
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:13

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