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Commercialization in Columbus: Looking before leaping

This, Nadia and Bach, Marius and Lousada, Joao (2018) Commercialization in Columbus: Looking before leaping. 69th International Aeronautical Congress 2018, 2018-10-01 - 2018-10-05, Bremen, Deutschland.

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Since the launch of the Columbus Module to the International Space Station (ISS) back in 2008, experi- ments to be executed on board were usually developed by a team of established scientists and engineers answering an ESA call of opportunity. A payload operations center was then assigned to act as the inter- face between the scientists and the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC) for the preparation and execution of the experiment activities. In 2018, Columbus will receive ist first commercial payloads, and with that, also the processes established in the 10 preceding years for preparing and performing payload operations have to be reassessed, and if needed adapted to the changing times. Traditionally, the Columbus Flight Control Team has always had a detailed insight in the ESA payload operations occurring in the European ISS module. This was established, amongst others, through con- tinuous real-time contact with the responsible payload operations center, detailed planning inputs to the ISS timeline, and centralized, reviewed procedures following common standards. Commercial payload operators often desire more exibility and a shorter turn-around time than accom- modated by the traditional processes. Moreover, a commercial center testing a new technology may not be willing to share the details of their payload or to openly reveal malfunctions. At the same time, it is the Columbus Flight Director responsibility to oversee the planning and execution of activities in Columbus, as well as guaranteeing safety and the efficient use of crew time and on-board resources. This article will explain the differences between commercial and government-based activities in the Colum- bus module as experienced by the Columbus Flight Control Team at Col-CC. It will discuss which processes needed to be adapted, and how the FCT deals with the reduced insight in on-going operations. Finally, the first lessons learned will be presented.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124690/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Commercialization in Columbus: Looking before leaping
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:October 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Col-CC, ISS, commerical payloads, Columbus Flight Control Team
Event Title:69th International Aeronautical Congress 2018
Event Location:Bremen, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:1 October 2018
Event End Date:5 October 2018
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 / Missionstechnologie (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Schneider, Beatrice
Deposited On:11 Dec 2018 16:27
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:28

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