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ISS Update: Interviews (Aug. 27-31, 2012)
 
Interviews: International Space Station Update

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ISS Update: RATS Principal Investigator Andrew Abercromby -- 08.29.12
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean talks to the Research And Technology Studies (RATS) Principal Investigator Andrew Abercromby in the Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The RATS team evaluates technology, human-robotic systems and extravehicular equipment for future human exploration missions in space. The team runs simulated missions, also known as analogs, at NASA's Johnson Space Center to provide a knowledge base that helps scientists and engineers design, build and operate better equipment, and establish requirements for operations and procedures.

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The RATS team has been working in the Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility for the past couple of weeks simulating a mission to an asteroid.

Abercromby says that the RATS team conducts integrated mission simulations like this to test out different prototype technologies and see how they interact with each other. He also says that conducting these simulations early in the design process makes it is easier and cheaper to make needed changes to the technology.



ISS Update: RATS Crew Member Dave Coan -- 08.29.12
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean talks to the Research And Technology Studies (RATS) crew member Dave Coan in the Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

As a RATS crew member, Coan says that he helps to evaluate technology, human-robotic systems and extravehicular equipment for future human exploration missions in space.

The RATS team has been working in the Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility for the past couple of weeks simulating a mission to an asteroid.

The team runs simulated missions, also known as analogs, at NASA's Johnson Space Center to provide a knowledge base that helps scientists and engineers design, build and operate better equipment, and establish requirements for operations and procedures.

› Read more about RATS

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