The astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) depend upon the talents of many people to successfully operate the ISS. Two teams of Flight Controllers have very specific responsibilities. The International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control Team (FCT) is located in Mission Control Center-Houston.
The people on these teams review data on how the ISS hardware is operating. They send commands to operate the hardware, evaluate what went wrong when something breaks, and correct problems.
Each Flight Controller is an expert in a specific system on the ISS. Some Flight Controllers work in the “front room”, the front-room Flight Controllers work together to coordinate the operations of their individual systems and to accomplish specific missions or tasks. Supporting the “front room” is the “back room” Flight Controllers who are monitoring the performance of the individual systems in fine detail.