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International Space Station A Research Paper By S Francisco The ISS is a joint effort between fifteen countries including the US Russia Japan Canada and many others This station represents a putting aside of differences in the interests of peace and knowledge a true step toward a more perfect world The Canadian addition to the International Space Station ISS is the Mobile Servicing System MSS The purpose of the MSS is service and repair by means of robotics There are three main parts to the system the Space Station Robotic Manipulator System SSRMS the Mobile Base System MBS and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator SPDM The SSRMS is like the robotic arm on the space shuttle Endeavor only bigger and better It is seventeen feet long and has a total of seven joints The SSRMS is self-relocatable via the MBS The MBS is a work platform on rails that provides lateral mobility along the length of the station The SPDM is a small two armed robot that has been nick-named the Canada Hand The Hand is specially designed for delicate assembly and repair of the space station Its purpose is to take the place of astronauts on space walks and in doing so reduce risk to the astronauts The United States major contribution will be the laboratory Our lab will be the centerpiece of the station where zero-g experiments will help to enhance our understanding of our universe The lab will be twenty-eight feet long and fourteen feet in diameter It will be in three segments with two cones on the ends that will serve as docks for the other modules A window with a twenty inch diameter will be placed on one side of the center segment The lab will have thirteen places designed for holding experiments with a total of a twenty-four rack capacity This module will be able to accommodate pressurized payloads The lab is set to be launched on
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