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System Upgrades prepare Columbus for a new Decade

Stölzle, Alexander and Sabath, Dieter and Söllner, Gerd and Verzola, Ivano (2020) System Upgrades prepare Columbus for a new Decade. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020), 2020-10-12 - 2020-10-14, virtuell. ISSN 0074-1795.

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ESA intends to support ISS operations for 10 additional years until 2030. To get the European Columbus module ready for the new decade, several new subsystems have already been installed, are momentarily ready to launch or in development like the Mass Memory Units MKII, the Col Ka-Band Unit, Columbus LAN Switches MKII, Columbus Network Monitoring and Administration Unit, Network Attached Storage Unit, General Interface Adapter, New Payload Racks. The main effort lies in the modernization of the data management system. Equipment will be exchanged in favour of newer generations. The network will be enhanced, provided services improved and onboard LAN monitoring, LAN security and switch configuration capability added. The Columbus module is upgraded to pave the way for new commercial payloads and concepts which will fundamentally change the prerequisites and broaden the horizon of microgravity research. The Bioreactor Express concept and the Bartolomeo platform are two prime examples of what awaits the module in these coming years. Additionally, new payloads like EDR MKII and ER-10B are launched and installed. The integration of this large number of new subsystems, payloads and concepts is a major challenge not only for the Flight Control Team but also for the Ground Segment Team, the Engineering Team and the Stowage and Maintenance Team. In parallel to the ongoing standard crew support, e.g. for the Beyond mission with Luca Parmitano, the FCT has to prepare and execute complex high-profile activities like the Cycle 15 software upgrade in January 2020 or the installation and commissioning of the Col Ka-Band unit in the first quarter of 2021. This paper is focusing on the preparation work of the FCT, summarizes the first results of the on board upgrades and provides an outlook on the future activities planned in the course of the Columbus on-board modernisation as well as on synergies towards deep space operations and exploration.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/139109/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:System Upgrades prepare Columbus for a new Decade
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Columbus, Data Management, Upgrades, ISS 2030, International Space Station, MPCC
Event Title:71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020)
Event Location:virtuell
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:12 October 2020
Event End Date:14 October 2020
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
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
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Stölzle, Alexander
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 19:34
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:40

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