Technology research on the ISS: the ISS is frequently used for tests and developments of new techniques to be used on the future human exploration programme and for new satellite in-flight operations and repairs.
|METERON end-to-end Network for Robotic Experiments: Objectives and first operations at B.USOC.||
METERON an international collaboration between ESA, NASA (University of Colorado), Roskosmos and DLR. It intends to use the ISS as a test bed to simulate an orbiter around another heavenly body (for example Mars), under directives from Mission Control on Earth. Astronauts on the orbiter will project their human initiative and instinct, in realtime, onto the surface of the heavenly body (simulated by an analog site on the Earth) through robotic device(s) to perform science or engineering tasks. This type of real-time control is not possible directly from Earth due to the One Way Light Time delay in communications.
METERON operations are managed by B.USOC since December 2011 as Facility Reference Centre.