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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Future of the ISS


So with the current problems in the Russian space programme how will it effect the future of the ISS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16317099

Posted December 24, 2011, 20:15:37 PM Logged
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Offline Diesel
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Re: Future of the ISS


Actually, I was thinking about this myself. I think I would rather be sitting on this rock than sitting inside that lump of Tin wondering when my next packet of Snout is going to arrive.  Tongue

Posted December 24, 2011, 20:26:07 PM Logged
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Seeing as the poor astronauts haven’t been getting many supplies, I hope they have some leftovers from last Christmas at this festive time.

Apart from that I don’t know, does anyone know if there are any other rockets that can deliver payloads to the ISS?

Posted December 24, 2011, 22:56:20 PM Logged

Offline DaveMorton
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The Chinese probably have one, but trying to get some assistance from that quarter may be like pulling teeth... Without the Novocaine, or Laughing Gas. Sad

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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Re: Future of the ISS


Could this be the push both the ESA and NASA need to develop both the Ariane and Atlas rockets, both have heavy lift capability but as far as I'm aware neither are rated for manned missions.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the ESA space truck that docked with the ISS and has been mooted as being upgraded for manned flight lift off on an Ariane 5?

Posted December 25, 2011, 21:31:37 PM Logged
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With the economical climate being in the state it is now it makes you wonder what is going to happen, who can afford the development.

PS I have moved this topic to the Heavens Above board.

Posted December 26, 2011, 12:15:16 PM Logged

Offline Snowcrash
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Re: Future of the ISS


First new re-supply craft by SpaceX, called Dragon.

http://www.universetoday.com/92444/solar-powered-dragon-gets-wings-for-station-soar/

First dock should be on Feb 7th-ish.

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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Re: Future of the ISS


Damn, I didn't realise SpaceX had got so far along with the development of Dragon, I thought that was a couple of years away yet.

Of course they aren't the only private company trying to break into this area:

http://www.space.com/11511-nasa-commercial-crew-spacecraft.html

It seem that SPaceX have stolen a march on the likes of Boeing though  Smiley

Posted January 13, 2012, 21:49:25 PM Logged
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