Space Science and Payload Operations and Integration
The Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., provides the heartbeat for International Space Station research operations.
As NASA's primary space station science command post, the payload operations team coordinates all U.S. scientific and commercial experiments on the station, synchronizes payload activities of international partners, and directs communications between researchers around the world and their onboard experiments.
The Payload Operations Center integrates research requirements, planning science missions and ensuring that they are safely executed. It integrates crew and ground team training and research mission timelines. It also manages use of space station payload resources, handles science communications with the crew, and manages commanding and data transmissions to and from the orbiting research center.
Coordinating research operating schedules across Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as remote telescience workstations in the United States, the Payload Operations Center processes hundreds of payload commands per day. It also continuously monitors the health and status of scientific instruments deployed on the space station. Since 2001, the center has worked with 1,309 scientific investigators performing 1,251 research investigations.
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