Future ISS Perspectives: ‘ISS and beyond: What is in there for you?’
Berndt Feuerbacher, ESA-HESAC Chair
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Editor’s note: These brief extracts are paraphrased from live webcast and may not be fully correct.
- We saw great examples over the past days but there is more to the ISS.
- By expanding ISS utilisation we add ‘three further generations of PhD students’ [worth]’ of research possibilities.
- ISS utilisation is at a turning point
- We are seeing industrial applications from space research such as turbine blades and plasma therapy.
- Quantum physics research is comeing to the ISS. The ACES space clock is the first step but more research is possible.
- These are not just toys for scientists but promise radically new technologies and will have economic impact.
- When I was young we had a laser in our research lab. Nobody imagined that they would be in everyone’s homes as CD players were a few years later.
- I wish that partners: reduce mission costs, shorten access times & lessen paperwork, include the private sector and enlarge ISS to more international partners.
- Beyond 2020 we need to involve private companies, but actions need to be taken now to prepare for this.
- The most fascinating destination for humans is Mars.
- To get to Mars we will need major technology changes, such as new propulsion systems, self-supporting life systems and changes in communication.
- Future exploration requires huge efforts and is a task for humanity as a whole.
- A tool exists to coordinate a global exploration effort: the International Space Exploration Group.
- Human exploration is starting today, global cooperation, economic progress, innovation, inspiration and increase in knowledge await all who join in the endeavour.
- The ISS is available now: let’s use it!