International Space Station

International Space Station

Since its inception, Boeing has helped build and integrate the space station’s many complicated parts, and it will continue to support the station in the coming decades.

15 countries, five space agencies, one station

The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest, most complex international scientific and engineering space project in history and the world’s largest endeavor into space to date. Boeing supports a variety of capability enhancements that will enable use of the ISS through 2024 and beyond, including a new communications system for visiting spacecraft, a new NASA docking system, and lithium-ion batteries for the solar arrays. In addition, Boeing supports processing of the laboratory experiment racks to facilitate experiments.


Technical Specifications

Length (pressurized section)167 ft (51 m)Operating Altitude220 nmi (407 km) average
Total Length192 ft (58.5 m)Inclination51.6 degrees to the Equator
Total Height100 ft (30.5 m)Atmosphere Inside14.7 psi (101.36 kilopascals)
Solar Array Wingspan239 ft (72.8 m)Pressurized Volume34,700 cu ft (habitable volume of 14,400 cu ft)
Integrated Truss Length357 ft (109 m)Computers to Control Station52
Mass (Weight)919,964 lbsPower Generation84 kw to 120 kw (usable power)

Feature Stories

International Space Station

A Step Closer to Deep Space

January 15, 2015 in Innovation, Space

The 15-year milestone marks the halfway point for the projected 30-year International Space Station program.

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CST-100: Next American space capsule

CST-100: Next American space capsule

September 16, 2014 in Space

NASA awards Boeing $4.2 billion to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100.

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Last shuttle commander virtually flies Boeing CST-100

Last shuttle commander virtually flies Boeing CST-100

February 27, 2014 in Space, Technology

Chris Ferguson, commander of the final space shuttle flight, virtually returns to space in the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 simulator.

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Happy Anniversary ISS

Happy Anniversary ISS

November 20, 2013 in Space

The 15-year milestone marks the halfway point for the projected 30-year International Space Station program.

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The Nations of the International Space Station

NASA selected Boeing as prime contractor for the International Space Station on Aug. 17, 1993, and the original cost-plus-award-fee contract began on Jan. 13, 1995. Boeing is responsible for maintaining the station at peak performance levels so the full value of the unique research laboratory is available to NASA, its international partners, other U.S. government agencies and private companies.

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