NASA has partnered with itsÂ International Space Station associates to draft a set of standards on seven priority areas concerning global interoperability.
These areas includeÂ avionics, communications, environmental control and life support systems, power systems, rendezvous operations, and robotics and thermal systems, the space agency said Tuesday.
The collaboration seeks to improve space technology compatibility without the need for additional design changes.
âHaving compatible hardware will allow differing designs to operate with each other,” saidÂ William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator at the agencyâs Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
“This could allow for crew rescue missions and support from any spacecraft built to these standards,â he added.
NASA intends to have the draft’s baseline finalized in summer 2018, and have the standardization first applied to theÂ Lunar Orbital Platform-GatewayÂ outpost.