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Adapting Columbus Operations and Providing a Basis for Future Endeavours

Bach, Marius and Sabath, Dieter and Soellner, Gerd and Bender, Florian (2016) Adapting Columbus Operations and Providing a Basis for Future Endeavours. 67th International Astronautical Congress, 2016-09-26 - 2016-09-30, Guadalajara, Mexiko.

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On 15th December 2015, Timothy Peake – the 4th ESA astronaut in 20 months – headed into orbit for a 6-month stay on the ISS. The British astronaut's "Principia" mission holds many interesting tasks, not only for Tim Peake himself (he performed an EVA on 15th January 2016) but also for the teams on the ground. One of the most exciting activities was the second session of the Airway Monitoring experiment, which again included an experiment run in the US airlock under coordination of the Columbus Control Centre (Col-CC). Besides that, there were many other experiments, such as EML, PK4, DOSIS and Meteron, and also the transition to new NASA tools (e.g. WebAD) was done in this period. Since the establishment of ESA's new setup in July 2015, Col-CC has been working together with all its partners to define the new interfaces, exploit new possibilities, and define in detail the tasks for the operations teams. Besides the ongoing work to monitor and command Columbus, support the ESA experiments on the ISS, as well as supporting the ESA astronaut himself, Col-CC is looking forward towards potential future tasks and challenges. Based on many years of experience in human space flight, an initial study was launched to investigate some of the challenges of human space flight activities beyond Earth orbit. One of these challenges is the delay of communication transmissions experienced over long distances. Until now, all our human space flight operations have been based on (near) real-time communications to monitor and control the spacecraft. This paper describes the results of our study investigating the necessary changes to current operations in the case of long-distance communications. Example procedures are assessed on their reliance on real-time communications and thus how current operations would be impacted by transmission delays. Methods are proposed to make the procedures tolerant to delays, and enable operations to use these procedures for deep space missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/110645/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Adapting Columbus Operations and Providing a Basis for Future Endeavours
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:October 2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:ESA astronaut, Principia, Columbus Control Centre, Col-CC, Tim Peake
Event Title:67th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Guadalajara, Mexiko
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:26 September 2016
Event End Date:30 September 2016
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 - Raumflugbetrieb / Kontrollzentrums-Technologie (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Schneider, Beatrice
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 10:17
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:15

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