International Space Station

The Boeing Company International Space Station Roles and Responsibilities

The Boeing Company is the International Space Station's prime contractor, with more than 1,500 employees directly involved in some facet of the ISS. It directs a national industry team comprising most major U.S. aerospace companies and hundreds of small contractors, as well as Boeing itself. And it integrates the work of participants from the 15 countries that have joined the U.S. to form the ISS team.

Houston, Texas. Boeing's ISS headquarters. Boeing Houston teams design, develop, integrate, test and deliver of the U.S.-built elements, including:

  • U.S. Laboratory
  • Interconnecting nodes and structures
  • Power system
  • Data management system
  • Environmental control and life support systems
  • Other critical hardware and software

Huntsville, Alabama. At Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center, Boeing has built the:

  • U.S. Node 1
  • U.S. Laboratory
  • Environmental control and life support system design
  • Payload racks
  • A cupola viewing window
  • Cargo system
  • Other controls, systems and subsystems

The company also designed the Environmental Control and Life Support System in Huntsville.

Huntington Beach, California. Boeing has built the:

  • Integrated truss structure
  • Pressurized mating adapters
  • Mobile transporter

Huntington Beach also is outfitting the window cupola and leading several teams in development of systems such as:

  • Communications and tracking
  • Guidance, navigation and control
  • Command and data handling
  • Thermal control

Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Boeing employees support:

  • ISS payload planning, assembly, transport and testing
  • Payload integration with the Space Shuttle's cargo bay
  • Shuttle main engine and system maintenance
  • Payload utilization
  • Shuttle launches and logistics
  • Launch site analysis and integration
  • Integration and testing of multiple ISS systems
  • Safety and Mission Assurance