Editor’s note: These brief extracts are paraphrased from live webcast and may not be fully correct.
NASA’s Research Priorities on ISS
Mark Uhran, ISS Director, NASA
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- The scope of the ISS platform is incredible. Our challenge is to use the platform most productively.
- Keeping the platform on-line is our first priority.
- Our second priority is to serve our mission interests.
- We gain the basic knowledge we need to advance to the next generation of exploration.
- Many people underestimate the challenge of building and maintaining such a large Space Station: “It is surely as big a challenge as building the pyramids in Egypt, fortunately it did not take as long.”
- Water on ISS is now recycled up to 75%, we are working on improving this even more.
- NASA’s third priority is to use the ISS as a platform for low earth orbit research.
- We saw three outstanding examples of benefits seen yesterday: new alloys, plasma therapy and space clocks.
- Managing projects and funds for the ISS are applied using a queuing model.
- Each partner has full responsibility to integrate priorities and apply for time on the ISS with the ISS research integration office.
- Diversifying investments in research minimises risks. “We do not want to put all our resources in one project”.
- Three areas are important: basic research and discovery; applied research for benefits; engineering research for future space missions.
- It is important to check and monitor results from research investments.