ASSEMBLING AND SUPPLYING THE ISS

The Space Shuttle Fufills Its Mission

David J. Shayler

ASSEMBLING AND SUPPLYING THE ISS: The Space Shuttle Fufills Its Mission The creation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) is a milestone in space exploration. But without the Space Shuttle, it would have remained an impossible dream. Assembling and Supplying the ISS is the story of how, between 1989 and 2011, the Shuttle became the platform which enabled the construction and continued operation of the primary scientific research facility in Earth orbit.

Fulfilling an objective it had been designed to complete decades before, 37 shuttle missions carried the majority of the hardware needed to build the ISS and then acted as a ferry and supply train for early resident crews to the station. Building upon the decades of development and experience described in the companion volume Linking the Space Shuttle and Space Stations: Early Docking Technologies from Concept to Implementation, this book explores
The experience and expertise gained through these missions allows space planners to improve space construction skills in advance of even more ambitious plans in the future.


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Dedication
Prologue

1. An Alternative Plan
2. The Shuttle-ISS Assembly Missions
3. The Human Element
4. Putting It All Together
5. Getting There
6. Crew Transfers and Loadmasters
7. Building a Space Station
8. Stepping Out
9. From Inner to Outer Space
10. Getting Back

Closing Comments
Afterword
Abbreviations
Appendices
Bibliography
About the Author
Other Works by the Author
Index


Extent: 350 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-3-319-40441-7



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