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Horizons Mission - Challenges and Highlights

Bach, Marius and Sabath, Dieter (2018) Horizons Mission - Challenges and Highlights. 69th International Astronautical Congress, 01.-05. Okt. 2018, Bremen, Deutschland.

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Abstract

After his first spaceflight and his 6 months stay on ISS in 2014, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is returning to the outpost in orbit this year. His second mission to the International Space Station is named "horizons" and contains interesting tasks and experiments for him like Airway Monitoring, GRIP/GRASP, SpaceTex, MagVector-2, Metabolic Space and Myotones, along with a whole educational outreach program. Compared to the "blue dot" mission in 2014 a number of challenges have to be overcome especially in the planning of the mission: - Alexander Gerst will be ISS Commander in the last two months of his 5 months stay in orbit. During this period less time for experiments is available leading to less exibility in planning. - Shortly before the mission the launch was postponed by more than a month reducing the time on orbit signi�cantly. Hence, the experiment and activity planning had to be reworked in a short timeframe. - Some major events or milestones of his stay in orbit, e.g. a possible EVA or a possible extension of his stay on-board could come up in the course of the ongoing mission. In this case the Columbus Flight Control will react as fast as possible to ensure a highly successfully mission. The preparation phases and the �rst part of the execution phase of both missions will be compared. The challenges in the preparation of the horizons mission will be shown and the progressive Solutions found by the Col-CC flight control team will be explained. Also some highlights of the �first phase of the horizons mission will be presented. The paper will focus mainly on the planning and preparation phase of the horizons mission together the preparation of the ISS Increments 55/56 and 57/58 at GSOC/Col-CC.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124616/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Horizons Mission - Challenges and Highlights
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Bach, Mariusmarius.bach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sabath, Dieterdieter.sabath (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Col-CC, Alexander Gerst, flight control team
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Bremen, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01.-05. Okt. 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Schneider, Beatrice
Deposited On:12 Dec 2018 14:33
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:22

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