Space Science and Payload Operations and Integration

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Space Station Science Operations and Integration

 The Payload Operations Center at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., houses the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Operations Integration Center, the Laboratory Training Complex and simulation rooms used to prepare for ISS expeditions. The center has the capabilities and space for the creation of additional mission operations laboratory control rooms. Most recently, a control room was created to support the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) mission. This two-year mission successfully demonstrated a capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs than previously possible.

International Space Station Payload Operations CenterThe ISS is used to study the impact of microgravity and other space effects on several aspects of our daily lives. Astronauts conduct science daily across a wide variety of fields, including human life sciences, biological science, human physiology, physical and materials science, and Earth and space science. The Payload Operations Integration Center is 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 ISS Payload Operations Integration Center’s role has become ever more important since space station assembly was completed in the fall of 2011. Since 2001, the center has worked with thousands of scientific investigators from around the world to perform scientific research in a variety of disciplines from astrophysics to human research to technology demonstrations to help future space explorers

Flickr: Earth From Space

See inside the International Space Station and the spectacular views of Earth and space captured by the station crew.

Payload Operations Integration Center Tour

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Step inside the International Space Station Payload Operations Integration Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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Page Last Updated: March 22nd, 2014
Page Editor: Brooke Boen