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The ISS Symposium 2012 was a unique occasion to share scientific research from the Space Station. A showcase of these results could be seen in the ‘ISS Utilisation Exhibition’ at the symposium.
The exhibit gave basic information on experiments conducted in the orbital outpost, leading to spin-offs for the benefit of people on Earth. Industry presented their state-of-the-art products and technologies based on Station research.
The exhibition was divided into five themes with examples of experiments and products for each theme:
Non-invasive medical diagnostics: 3D Eye Tracking Device, HealthLab, ThermoLab, Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), Galileo Vibration Trainer, Long Term Medical Survey (LTMS), Hand Grip Dynamometer.
Biomedicine: CAMDASS, Portable Pulmonary Functioning System (PPFS), Robotized Tele-echography, Human Respiratory Analyses (FIPEX), Bone and muscle modelling, Flywheel technology.
Exobiology & Space Environment: Expose, Matroshka, Solar.
Material Science: Geoflow, X-Ray diagnostics, Blades & Foams, FOAM-C.
Biology: KI Biology Experiment Hardware, European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS), Plasma Crystak & Plasma Medicine.
Three days were devoted to research benefits of the International Space Station (ISS) and its future at the first ISS symposium in Berlin 2-4 May. Many impressive results were presented and the message was clear: scientific research on the Space Station is increasing our knowledge of the world and creating tangible benefits for humankind – right now. This is only the beginning because the Space Station will continue to operate for at least eight more years as the only permanent weightless laboratory available to scientists. Nobody knows exactly what results the Station will produce but the future is promising.
ISS director for NASA Mark Uhran said in his presentation that many people underestimate building and maintaining a large Space Station. “It is surely as big a challenge as building the pyramids in Egypt but fortunately it did not take as long” he said. Space Station construction completed in 2010 allowing more time to be spent on research. In only two years of normal operation the results are remarkable.
Highlights of the symposium and research results cover fundamental science as well as industrial, medical and consumer applications.
The ISS Symposium 2012 is finished. The third and last day of the ISS Symposium 2012 ended with wrap-up sessions, followed by a press conference in which the Heads (or delegates) of the five International Space Station partner agencies discussed the future of the Station and the challenges ahead.
It was an amazing conference with much to reflect on.
Presentation slides of most speakers on day 3 will be online next week.
Heads or top representatives from ISS agencies respond to press
Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General
Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator
Alexey Krasnov, Director of Human Spaceflight Programme, Roscosmos
Kiyoshi Higuchi, Vice President JAXA
Gilles Leclerc, Director General for Space Exploration, CSA
Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight & Operations
Thomas Reiter: It was a very successful conference with fantastic achievements shown. Having been involved in some of the experiments it is very rewarding to see the results. The transition from the assembly phase to the operational phase is complete and we are now operating in ‘routine’ mode. Continue reading →