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Contributions of the International Space Station towards future exploration missions

Weppler, Johannes (2014) Contributions of the International Space Station towards future exploration missions. Acta Astronautica, 2 (104), pp. 552-557. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.06.021. ISSN 0094-5765.

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When the idea of a large space station in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was conceived in the 1980s, it was primarily planned as an orbiting laboratory for microgravity research. Some even thought of it as an industrial plant in space. Whereas the latter did not materialize because of various reasons, the former is absolutely true when you talk about the International Space Station (ISS). Since the transition to a six astronaut crew in 2009 and the completion of its assembly in 2011, it has been intensively used as laboratory in a wide field of scientific topics. Experiments conducted on ISS have yielded first class results in biology, physiology, material science, basic physics, and many more. While its role as a laboratory in space is widely recognized, the awareness for its potential for preparing future exploration missions beyond LEO is just increasing. This paper provides information on how the ISS programme contributes to future exploration efforts, both manned and unmanned. It highlights the work that has been done or is currently underway in the fields of technology, operations, and science. Further potentials and future projects for exploration preparation are also shown. A special focus lies on experiments and projects primarily funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) or with strong German participation in the science team.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104491/
Document Type:Article
Title:Contributions of the International Space Station towards future exploration missions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Weppler, JohannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2417-3478UNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 552-557
Keywords:ISS, Exploration, MPCV, ESM
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Explorationstechnologie (old)
Location: Bonn-Oberkassel
Institutes and Institutions:Space Administration
Deposited By: Weppler, Johannes
Deposited On:08 Nov 2019 09:14
Last Modified:14 Jun 2023 16:14

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