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SCIENCE RESEARCH ON ISS RUSSIAN SEGMENT
MARCO POLO PROGRAM

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January 31, 2002, saw the signing of an agreement between Rosaviacosmos, European Space Agency (ESA), Italian Space Agency and S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia about a flight of an Italian/ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori to the Russian Segment of ISS as the Flight Engineer of Visiting Crew 3.
During his stay on-board ISS RS, Roberto Vittori will perform an Italian program of scientific and technological research Marco Polo, which is a constituent part of the Russian Program for Implementation of Scientific and Technological Research Planned for the Fourth Manned Expedition ISS-4.
Marco Polo program envisages 23sessions for 4 biomedical experiments.
Three of the experiments (CHIRO, VEST, ALTEINO) are conducted by the Italian Space Agency, and one (BMI) by the European Space Agency.

Experiments under Marco Polo Program

"—HIRO" crew health study from the standpoint of a possible reduction in their working capacity
"VEST" functional in-orbit test of a new integrated crew garment system
"ALTEINO" an investigation of space radiation effects on the functional state of the central nervous system and an operator's working capacity
"BMI" a study of vegetative regulation of arterial pressure and heart rate

Also covered by this contract is a ground medical experiment NG FAKTOR performed before and after R.Vittori's flight to ISS RS.

Italy needs the following resources to implement the program:

LOGISTICS

Cargo delivered to ISS RS on board

  • logistics vehicle Progress M1-8
  • manned transport vehicle Soyuz TM-34

TOTAL

 

10.40 kg
12.15 kg

22.55 kg

Materials with the results of the space experiments to be returned to Earth in the Soyuz TM-33 descent vehicle
7.00 kg

POWER REQUIREMENTS
Continuous
40 W
Maximum during a session
up to 100 W

CREW TIME
Visiting Crew 3 Flight Engineer R.Vittori
32 h 45 m
Visiting Crew 3 Commander Yu.Gidzenko
10 h 50 m

30 items of hardware and kits are involved in the implementation of the program, with 19 hardware item being supplied by the Italian side, and 11 items of hardware and kits by the Russian side.
Upon completion of the program, originators of the experiments will receive 6 items of materials with the experimental results having a total mass of 7.0 kg.

 

 

 

 

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