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SPACE STATION ELEMENTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE TESTING



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


Al Feinberg
Headquarters, Washington                 September 17, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4504)

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

RELEASE: 03-298

SPACE STATION ELEMENTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE TESTING

     The Multi-Element Integrated Test (MEIT) between the 
Japanese Experiment Module-Pressurized Module (JEM-PM) Kibo, 
and NASA's Node-2 began Aug. 26 and was successfully 
completed last week at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.  

The MEIT performed testing of the International Space Station 
(ISS) element interfaces to be utilized on Node-2 beginning 
with the JEM-PM mission. The testing included both the Node-2 
and JEM-PM emulation of the ISS on-orbit activation sequence, 
command and track systems that support audio and video 
systems on-orbit, and the caution and warning systems that 
monitor life-support systems in the modules.   

"The successful completion of  the MEIT is a major milestone, 
successfully demonstrating on-orbit performance of key 
Station elements on the ground," said Tip Talone, director of 
International Space Station and Payload Processing at KSC. 
"The team did a superior job."

The complexity of the MEIT, only the third integrated test of 
its kind to be performed at KSC, required assembly of an 
international and multi-organizational team. The team 
included members of the European Space Agency, the National 
Space Development Agency of Japan, the Canadian Space Agency, 
the Italian Space Agency, and NASA and Boeing employees at 
KSC; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.; Glenn 
Research Center, Cleveland; Johnson Space Center, Houston; 
and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. Flight 
crew members from the United States, Japan and Brazil also 
came to KSC to assist in testing.

Upon delivery to the Station, Node-2 will be attached to the 
U.S. Lab Destiny, and JEM-PM will subsequently be attached to 
Node-2.




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