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ACE ACME BASS BCAT BXF CCF CFE CIR CSLM CVB DAFT FBCE FCF FIR FLEX FLEX-2 FLEX-2J FOAM GRADFLEX InSPACE LMM MAMS MDCA MISSE OASIS PACE-1 PACE-2 PBRE PCS PIMS SAME SAME-R SAMS SCWM SHERE SHERE II SLICE SoFIE SPICE TPFSE TSC ZBOT

 
Objectives:
Exploration: To utilize the ISS as a test bed for technology development, demonstration, and problem resolution in the areas of life support, fire safety, power, propulsion, thermal management, etc.
  Non-Exploration: To support ground-based, free-flyer, and ISS life and microgravity science research that is not directly related to supporting the human exploration program.
     
Goals:
  To provide ground-based and space flight hardware that will support the generation of research data for science and technology experiments.
     
Heritage:
Office of Biological and Physical Research Program
  Microgravity Research Program
Advanced Life Support/Life Support and Habitation Program
  Life Science Program
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These projects investigate gravity-dependent physical science phenomena of both a fundamental basic science and applied engineering technology nature.  These projects support technology development for:
  Advanced Extra Vehicular Activities
Advanced Life Support
Advanced Materials
  Fire Prevention, Detection, and Suppression
Fluids Management
  Multiphase Flow Technology
  Propellant Management
  Thermal Control
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Five experiments currently on ISS and operating from the GRC Telescience Center on a time-available basis include SAMS/MAMS, CFE, BCAT-3, SAME and CSLM-2.
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Based upon Congressional direction for the 15% Non-Exploration Research Program on ISS, HQ's has reinstituted some previously terminated research investigations.
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GRC ISS and Human Research Project Traffic Model
 
GRC ISS Research Project Schedules


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ISS Research Project Schedule (6yr) Rev. 58 – 10/8/10

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The Fluids and Combustion Facility
initial payloads refocused on Exploration R&T;
  Engineering Pre-Ship Review (PSR1) conducted in Dec 2005; PSR2 was conducted in Apr 2007;
  CIR launches in September 2008 on ULF-2 and FIR launches in May 2008 on17A.  FCF will go into storage at GRC until shipment at L-6;
  Preparations for payload integration & operations, crew training, and sustaining engineering continue.
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ISS Non-Exploration Ground-Based Grants
Flame Design
    Project Scientist: Dr. Dennis Stocker, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. Richard Axelbaum, Washington University - St. louis
  S Flame
    Project Scientist: Dr. Dennis Stocker, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. C. K. Law, Princeton University
  Fuel Dilution Studies of Coflow Laminar Diffusion Flames in a Microgravity Environment
    Project Scientist: Dr. Dennis Stocker, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. Marshall Long, Yale University
  Applications of Electric Fields in Microgravity Combustion Science
    Project Scientist: Dr. Dennis Stocker, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. D. Dunn-Rankin, University of California - Irvine
Self-Structuring in Dusty Plasmas
    Project Scientist: Dr. Arnon Chait, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. John Goree, University of Iowa
  The Melting of Aqueous Foams (Foam Optics and Mechanics)
    Project Scientist: Dr. Padetha Tin, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. Doug Durian, University of Pennsylvania
  Structure and Dynamics of Freely Suspended Liquid Crystals
    Project Scientist: Dr. Padetha Tin, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. Noel A. Clark, University of Colorado - Boulder
  Novel Applications of Permanent Nonwetting
    Project Scientist: Dr. Walter M. Duval, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. Paul G. Neitzel, Georgia Institute of Technology
Direct Computational Simulations and Experiments for Internal Condensing Flows System-Instabilities/Dynamics in Microgravity and Terrestrial Environments
    Project Scientist: Dr. Mohammad Hasan, NASA GRC
Principal Investigator: Prof. Amitabh Narain, Michigan Technological University
  Macromolecule Adsorption and Bubble Adhesion to Model Endothelial Surface Layers
    Project Scientist:
Principal Investigator: Prof. David M. Eckmann , University of Pennsylvania
       

 

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