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On-Orbit Propulsion and Methods of Momentum Management for the International Space StationSince the first documented design of a space station in 1929, it has been a dream of many to sustain a permanent presence in space. Russia and the US spent several decades competing for a sustained human presence in low Earth orbit. In the 1980 s, Russia and the US began to openly collaborate to achieve this goal. This collaboration lead to the current design of the ISS. Continuous improvement of procedures for controlling the ISS have lead to more efficient propellant management over the years. Improved efficiency combined with the steady use of cargo vehicles has kept ISS propellant levels well above their defined thresholds in all categories. The continuing evolution of propellant and momentum management operational strategies demonstrates the capability and flexibility of the ISS propulsion system. The hard work and cooperation of the international partners and the evolving operational strategies have made the ISS safe and successful. The ISS s proven success is the foundation for the future of international cooperation for sustaining life in space.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Russell, Samuel P. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Spencer, Victor (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Metrocavage, Kevin (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Swanson, Robert A. (Boeing Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Krajchovich, Mark (Boeing Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Beisner, Matthew (Boeing Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Kamath, Ulhas P. (Boeing Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
May 3, 2010
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
57th JANNAF Joint Propulsion Meeting(Colorado Springs, CO)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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