Crew Interface Test (FCIT) of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo's" Pressurized
Noguchi conducted the Flight Crew Interface Test (FCIT) of the Japanese Experiment
Module "Kibo's" Pressurized Module (ELM-PS) at the Tsukuba Space Center on May
25, 2000. Here is the report.
An FCIT is conducted on
the ground to confirm that astronauts can conduct on-orbit maintenance tasks including
equipment exchange without difficulty by using tools and that there are no sharp
edges that might injure the astronauts during EVA. The test is conducted by touching
each piece of equipment. Since July 1999, NASDA has been conducting FCITs for
various types of equipment in cooperation with NASA.
is a Flight Crew Interface Test?|
During the recent FCIT astronaut Noguchi
checked the external wall of ELM-PS to determine whether astronauts can use maintenance
tools on the wall easily and whether there are any sharp edges that could injure
astronauts during EVA. The tasks shown below were conducted.
conducted FCIT |
Other evaluation tasks were also conducted.
The FCIT for hardware inside the ELM-PS was completed on November 1, 1999.
An orbital replacement unit (ORU)
is a piece of equipment that can be replaced by an astronaut. Much of the equipment
that will be on board Kibo has been designed as (ORUs). Astronauts review the
procedure to remove and attach the ORU on the ground and confirm that it can be
replaced following the specified procedures.
Replacement Unit fit check|
The purposes of the Connect Fit Check are to confirm
whether an astronaut can plug in or remove a connector by hand, whether he or
she can reach it, whether an astronaut is sure to recognize its location or type,
and whether it is easy to read.
A label is placed on each device to indicate its name
and any precautions. This check evaluates whether astronauts can recognize the
label easily and whether it causes any misunderstanding or misoperation.
These activities evaluate hardware to ensure they can be operated on orbit
without problems. From now on, FCITs will be conducted on various Kibo devices
as they are manufactured.
Updated : Mar. 7, 2003