This presentation introduces NASA's efforts to design, build, launch, and operate an integrated orbital space platform in collaboration with 15 other countries, including the Russian Federation. Through video and a narrative description, this presentation describes the early construction, launch, and crew operations of the "first expedition" aboard the International Space Station. The "space station" now serves in part as a prototype for future large expeditionary vehicles, ones which will take humans to live and work far beyond Earth orbit.
The space station is a "shipboard" environment, distinct from an aircraft experience, and the presentation will touch on the many parallels with ship design, engineering, and operations, as well as themes of technology, history, design, cross cultural understanding, teamwork, risk, and performance.
The talk will conclude with the presenter’s vision for our future space explorations, and a discussion about the vehicles and program activities which will be required to make them happen.
Presenter: Capt. William Shepherd (USN, Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut