The 2005 NASA Authorization Act designated the U.S segment of the ISS as a national laboratory and directed NASA to develop a plan to "increase the utilization of the ISS by other Federal entities and the private sector…" As the Nation's newest national laboratory, the ISS will further strengthen relationships among NASA, other Federal entities, and private sector leaders in the pursuit of national priorities for the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The ISS National Laboratory will also open new paths for the exploration and economic development of Space.
1. The National Laboratory concept is an opportunity to expand the US economy in space-based research, applications and operations.
2. The International Space Station represents a unique and highly visible national asset with surplus capacity available for a wide spectrum of applications.
3. NASA will continue to cover cost of operating and maintaining the ISS, and is highly motivated to work with other agencies and organizations to pursue applications.
International Space Station Capabilities and Payload Accommodations This presentation was created to illustrate the capabilities of the International Space Station as a unique laboratory opportunity for potential partners in industry, academia, and the international community. > June 2010, PDF, 5.0 Mb
Customer Service Helpline The International Space Station Payloads Office has both a phone and an email customer service helpline that Payload Developers and others interested in doing research can contact to get assistance. The phone is staffed during regular business hours, or messages may be issued after hours, and a representative will return the call on the next business day. Phone: 281-244-6187, email: email@example.com.
If you have questions regarding NASA badging, security, or remote computer online access (e.g., to NASA internal websites, ISS Payloads documentation, etc.), please download and read this Access Processes for Payload Developers document. For further info or assistance with these issues, please contact Mr. Jim Cochrane at: 281-244-6385.