These enormous capabilities offered by the equipment impose, on the other hand, a complex interaction between the users and the laboratory for the monitoring of all the processes running in parallel.
On March ’06 the Fluid Science Laboratory, after 8 years of development carried out at Thales Alenia Space Italia, was integrated into the Columbus Orbital Laboratory, located in Bremen, and completed the testing activities together with the other European Facilities developed to perform scientific microgravity experiments. In the meantime, the FSL Science Reference Model was hosted in the MARS laboratory for scientific activities based on the use of the optical diagnostic of FSL Few months later, the FSL Engineering Model, another 500 Kg of equipment, was entering slowly into its dedicated clean room to start the preparatory phase for the operative support to the flight unit planned for the next decade. Furthermore, a FSL Training Model was delivered to ESA Astronaut Center in Cologne (D) for supporting the Columbus crew training. Up to now FSL is the most sophisticated Microgravity Laboratory realized.
|Title of host publication||58th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, 2007, 24-28 September 2007, Hyderabad, India|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||58th International Astronautical Congress - Hyderabad, India|
Duration: 24 Sep 2007 → 28 Sep 2007
|Conference||58th International Astronautical Congress|
|Period||24/09/07 → 28/09/07|
- Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL)
- microgravity conditions
- fluid physics