On the use of Space Station Freedom in support of the SEI - Life science researchThe use of the Space Station Freedom (SSF) for life sciences research is evaluated from the standpoint of requirements for the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI). SEI life sciences research encompasses: (1) biological growth and development in space; (2) life support and environmental health; (3) physiological/psychological factors of extended space travel; and (4) space environmental factors. The platforms required to support useful study in these areas are listed and include ground-based facilities, permanently manned spacecraft, and the Space Shuttle. The SSF is shown to be particularly applicable to the areas of research because its facilities can permit the study of gravitational biology, life-support systems, and crew health. The SSF can serve as an experimental vehicle to derive the required knowledge needed to establish a commitment to manned Mars missions and colonization plans.
Leath, K. (McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. Huntington Beach, CA, United States)
Volosin, J. (Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. Washington, United States)
Cookson, S. (Egan Group, Inc. Washington, United States)