Per our colleagues at NASA, all International Space Station operations are continuing as usual. NASA leadership is in regular communication with all ISS partners including Roscosmos, and no changes are planned to the agency’s support for ongoing in-orbit and ground station operations. Sanctions imposed by the United States and its Allies do not apply to Civil Space, which protects the ISS and continued operations. The ISS National Lab continues its work supporting current and future research onboard the ISS.
Any UAC member who receives a media inquiry about the current global situation and its impact to ISS National Lab research may contact Mr. Joe Messinger as a primary contact for updates regarding this situation at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Laurie Provin at email@example.com as an alternate. If there is a change in the status of operations, the ISS National Lab management will contact the UAC and provide an update.
The International Space Station (ISS) National Lab User Advisory Committee (UAC) will provide CASIS with user input and perspective about the management of ISS National Lab resources.* The UAC consists of individuals representing organizations that have formal agreements with either NASA or CASIS to utilize the U.S. segment of the ISS or provide commercial services to support in-orbit operations on the ISS, including allocations within partner elements or via ISS research sponsored by other governmental agencies.
NASA provides guidelines to CASIS for sub-allocations to:
- Commercialization projects focused on enabling sustainable, scalable commercial applications with the ability to generate non-NASA revenue;
- Commercially-sourced investigations using hardware owned and operated by commercial companies with facilities on the ISS;
- Fundamental research into the physical and life sciences as sponsored by NASA or other governmental agencies (OGA), and by non-governmental entities;
- Early technology readiness level (TRL) demonstrations not critical to the NASA exploration mission with sufficient spaceflight justification and regardless of sponsor; and
- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach projects.
The UAC has chartered subcommittees to support these areas, which will act somewhat independently to seek input from the respective user communities, advocate for the users, and formulate advise for the UAC. The UAC will deliberate inputs from each subcommittee to develop effective strategies for the utilization of the ISS National Lab as a platform for education, research, and technology development. The UAC will provide this advice to CASIS and NASA.
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