The International Space Station: Building for the Future

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 3, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 389 pages
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This book will cover in great detail the newest construction and uses of the International Space Station. The new volume will continue on from the end of Creating the International Space Station by David Harland and John Catchpole (published in January 2002 by Springer Praxis), providing flight by flight details and relevant political and "behind the scenes" activities as are necessary to explain why certain decisions, including flight re-scheduling and crew-reassignment, are made.

Part 1 will open with a chapter recounting the political history of the ISS, including how and why the program came into being. Chapter 2 will look at the four partners involved (USA, Russia, ESA, and Brazil), with a brief account of what each partner is bringing to the program. Chapter 3 will study the initial goals of the program, how they have changed and whether they have been met. Chapter 4 will summarize the program at the end of Creating the International Space Station.

Part 2 will look at the findings and recommendations of the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force. Part 3 will examine the original flight coverage, including the beginning of the construction of the Integrated Truss Structure, and will cover the station’s occupation from the start of Expedition 4, through to the end of Expedition 6. Part 4 will start with the loss of STS-107 – Columbia – and explain its effect on both the International Space Station and the American space effort in general. It will cover the Expedition 7 occupation through to the beginning of Expedition 13, concentrating on the work of the two-person "Caretaker Crews".

Part 5 will study the recovery from the STS-107 tragedy and the re-commencement of the ISS construction, overcoming the grounding of the Space Shuttle fleet. It will cover the remainder of the Expedition 13 occupation, the return to three-person occupation, through to the end of Expedition 15 and the installation of Node-2, the final American module.

Part 6 will briefly look forward to the installation of the International Partner’s modules as well as the introduction of the European and Japanese robotic cargo vehicles. The book will end with a glance at plans for the Orion spacecraft and Ares-1 launch vehicle, and the delivery of Node-2, the final piece of American hardware.

Three Appendices will up-date those published in Creating the International Space Station: Appendix A will list ISS hardware descriptions, Appendix B will be a complete ISS Flight Log and Appendix C will be a full ISS Extravehicular Activity Log.

 

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Contents

Early construction
1
PARTNERS
13
America
14
Russia
16
Canada
20
Europe
22
Japan
26
Brazil
28
PROGRESS M51
182
PROGRESS M52
186
MICHAEL GRIFFIN TAKES OVER AT NASA
187
SOYUZ TMA6 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION11 CREW
190
EXPEDITION11
192
PROGRESS M53
197
RETURN TO FLIGHT
198
A TEMPORARY RETURN TO FLIGHT
200

The ISS Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force
29
ISS Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force
30
SPECIAL FINDINGS
31
Pioneer the future
33
Commencing the Integrated Truss Structure
35
EXPEDITION4
43
PROGRESS M18
51
EUROPEAN COMMERCIALISATION
52
NASAS COSTINGS CRITICISED
53
SOYUZ TM34 DELIVERS A FRESH CREW RETURN VEHICLE
62
STS111 DELIVERS EXPEDITION5 AND REPAIRS THE SSRMS
65
EXPEDITION5
73
SHUTTLE FLEET GROUNDED
74
THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS HAVE PROBLEMS
75
MORE CRITICISM
78
REVIVAL OF THE CREW RETURN VEHICLE
79
PROGRESS M19
83
SOYUZ TMA1 FIRST OF A NEW CLASS
91
STS113 INSTALLS THE PORT1 ITS
95
ISS THE FUTURE
103
Triumph and tragedy
108
PROGRESS M47
114
CONTINUED OPERATIONS
118
SOYUZ TMA2 DELIVERS EXPEDITION7 THE FIRST
122
ESA MOVES AHEAD
126
PROGRESS M110
128
THEORY TESTED AND CONFIRMED
132
COLUMBIA ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT
135
PROGRESS M48
139
CHINA JOINS THE SPACEFARING NATIONS
141
ISS SAFE HAVEN FOR SHUTTLE CREWS
142
EXPEDITION8
147
LET US CONTINUE THE JOURNEY
154
PROGRESS M111
157
SOYUZ TMA4 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION9 CREW
161
EXPEDITION9
163
PROGRESS M49
166
PROGRESS M50
171
SOYUZ TMA5 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION10 CREW
174
EXPEDITION10
177
A NEW RUSSIAN LAUNCH SCHEDULE
180
NASAS BUDGET APPROVED
181
EXPEDITION11 CONTINUES
210
PROGRESS M54
211
SOYUZ TMA7 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION12 CREW
212
EXPEDITION12
214
PROGRESS M55
217
SOYUZ TMA8 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION13 CREW
223
EXPEDITION13
225
PROGRESS M56
227
PROGRESS M57
230
Recovery and restructuring
231
RETURN TO THREE EXPEDITION CREW MEMBERS
240
STS115 DELIVERS THE PORT34 ITS
243
SOYUZ TMA9 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION14 CREW
251
EXPEDITION14
254
PROGRESS M58
256
STS116 DELIVERS PUNY
258
CONTINUING THE ROUTINE
266
PROGRESS M59
268
THE LISA NOWAK AFFAIR
270
MORE EXTRAVEHICULAR ACTIVITY
271
OKAT MODULE
274
EXPEDITION15
276
PROGRESS M60
278
NEW SCHEDULES AND NEW FUNDING
280
STS117 DELIVERS THE STARBOARD34 ITS
282
PLANNING THE END
294
MORE COMPUTER TESTS
295
PROGRESS M61
298
ALONE AGAIN
311
SOYUZ TMA11 DELIVERS THE EXPEDITION16 CREW
314
STS120 DELIVERS HARMONY THE PIECE THAT MAKES THE REST POSSIBLE
317
PREPARING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNER MODULES
331
Project Constellation
339
Second stage
341
THE MOONS PLACE IN A USLED INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE TO EXPLORE THE SOLAR SYSTEM
347
Postscript
349
List of abbreviations
353
International Space Station Flight Log
365
Extravehicular activity
373
Index
376
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John Catchpole is a freelance writer specialising in human spaceflight history. In addition to co-authoring Creating the International Space Station, he is also the author of Project Mercury - NASA's First Manned Space Programme and has published over 150 magazine articles on the subject of human spaceflight and spaceflight history, including many in Spaceflight, a monthly magazine published by the British Interplanetary Society.

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