At a Glance
- The ISS National Lab supports non-exploration research initiatives across various disciplines and sectors.
- Major areas of ISS National Lab R&D are life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing, technology development, and education.
The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory is a functioning research laboratory with the tools and facilities needed to translate traditional ground-based experiments into flight-ready payloads.
R&D onboard the ISS National Lab may provide insight into research questions that have eluded traditional laboratory experimentation.
R&D onboard the ISS National Lab offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate how gravity and the extreme environment of space influence observations in the physical and life sciences—exploiting these effects to understand basic phenomena and advance commercial pursuits.
The newest platform to better understand life on Earth now orbits 248 miles (400 km) above its surface. R&D onboard the ISS National Lab may provide insight into research questions that have eluded traditional laboratory experimentation in the fields of human health, biosciences and biotechnology, energy and biofuels, physical and materials science, engineering research and technology, and Earth and space imaging and observations.