The goal of the program is implementation of the Federal Space Program of Russia for 2006-2015 as related to scienсe and applications research on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS-RS) according to the 2011 flight program and payload package back-log.
Primary goals of the 2011 Program:
• proceed to conduct experiments out of the Russian Long-term Program of Science and Applications Research (version of 2008) set up during ISS building;
• fulfillment of international space experiment contract commitments of Roscosmos and Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia”;
• generation of an annual list of all Russian and commercial/international experiments (including new) and definition of required on-board resources for subsequent development of ISS-RS SAR programs to be performed during expeditions ISS-27, ISS-28, ISS-29 and ISS-30;
• specification of activities on space experiments on-ground preparation regarding control of release of software and methodic documentation required by GOST R 52017-2003, crews preparation plans, onboard experiments support and release of technical papers;
• specification of data for a master schedule which foresees integration of new scientific instruments and equipment into Payload Packages of ISS-RS modules to conduct the current one year research program and programs for subsequent years.
The ISS-RS flight program for 2011 covers flight periods of the following expeditions: ISS-26 (continuation), ISS-27, ISS-28, ISS-29 and ISS-30.
The Russian program of scientific experiments will be carried out by Roscosmos crewmembers.
In 2011 cargo delivery will be performed by manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21, Soyuz TMA-02M, Soyuz TMA-22, Soyuz TMA-03M and cargo ships Progress M-09М, Progress M-10М, Progress M-11М, Progress M-12М, Progress M-13М, Progress M-14М (subject to change).
Preliminary Roscosmos crew time quota for payload operations for 2011 is about 1500 hours (subject to change). Contract-based commercial ISS-RS experiments are conducted within the quota for Russian SAR. Four Russian EVA operations are planned for 2011 to perform ISS-RS maintenance tasks as well as to install and dismantle science instruments and equipment for space experiments.
The 2011 research program covers 60 space experiments among them:
• 51 started earlier experiments are planned to continuation including:
- 50 experiments from the Russian program;
- 1 experiment from international programs and under contract;
• 9 experiments are new.
Allocation of resources to conduct science and application research during ISS expeditions and refinement of lists and terms of science experiments conduction is accomplished taking into account ISS flight program and authorized within programs of SAR for each specific expedition.