CIRiS is a department of NTNU Samfunnsforskning AS with the mandate to promote and perform research and development relevant to the human exploration of space. The main activities are related to research activities onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The International Space Station (ISS)
The ISS is an international accomplishment that Norway, through
the European Space Agency (ESA), is proudly taking part of. At CIRiS we contribute on a daily basis to
this endeavor through support to the utilization and operation of the ISS
research facilities, experiments and technology development.
The international Space Station (ISS) Photo Credit: NASA
Our control centre – the N-USOC (Norwegian User Support and Operations
Centre) – is one of ESA’s seven Control Centers that are part of the ISS
programme. Our experiments in space demand thorough planning, development and
testing of equipment, highly specified procedures and training of console
personnel. The execution of space experiments includes use of advanced
technology, in addition to communication and cooperation between both the
astronauts onboard the ISS, the ground segment and between the different the
different Control Centres located in several parts of the world. More information can be found at www.n-usoc.no.
The N-USOC Control Centre at Dragvoll, Trondheim. Photo Credit: CIRiS
Regenerative life support systems and Agricultural Research
The vast distances to be travelled when exploring space, makes it both
economically and practically necessary to develop new concepts to supply the
required consumables to the astronauts. CIRiS work with developing new concepts
and technologies for closed regenerative life support systems where water
and nutrients can be recycled and plant health can be monitored. Food production
solutions for space exploration have strong synergies with terrestrial food production
CIRiS also perform agricultural research and development. Together with
established partners we perform chemical, biological and microbiological
analyses of plant material. We contribute to a better understanding of plant
health and crop yield through field and greenhouse experiments and research
facilities with controlled environments.
Greenhouse. Photo Credit: CIRiS