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BetaDust
2009-Apr-14, 07:02 PM
From: universetoday.com (http://www.universetoday.com).



Fifteen partnering nations have agreed in principle to extend the life of the International Space Station, and keep it operating through 2020, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. That is at least five years beyond the current deadline. Until now, the major partners – NASA, ESA and the Russian Space Agency – hadn’t committed to keeping the station operational past 2015, and questions loomed about the future of the ISS and its worthiness as a platform for scientific research. More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/04/14/life-of-the-iss-may-be-extended/)


So, she will might fly until 2020... Perhaps. :)

Tucson_Tim
2009-Apr-14, 07:04 PM
Are there any plans for a follow-on space station, LEO or otherwise? I did a quick internet search and found no obvious references to one . . . .

BetaDust
2009-Apr-14, 07:25 PM
Are there any plans for a follow-on space station, LEO or otherwise? I did a quick internet search and found no obvious references to one . . . .

Well there's Bigelow Aerospace's (http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/), BA 330 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BA_330), for one.

Tucson_Tim
2009-Apr-14, 07:31 PM
Well there's Bigelow Aerospace's (http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/), BA 330 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BA_330), for one.

Interesting . . .

Here is some info from the wiki article:



The BA 330 (previously known as the Nautilus space complex module) is the complete, full-scale production model of Bigelow Aerospace's expandable space habitation module program. Ultimately, it is more of a model of space habitation module and not one specific craft as Robert Bigelow, owner and founder of Bigelow Aerospace, intends on building several of the modules for sale at a tentative asking price of US$100 million each. It will have 330 cubic meters of internal space; hence the name BA 330 - Bigelow Aerospace 330 (cubic meters).

Slated for first launch in 2012, the craft will support zero-gravity research including scientific missions and manufacturing processes. Beyond its industrial and scientific purposes, however, it has the potential as a port of call for space tourism.

Other uses for the craft include missions destined for the Moon and Mars and even space yachts.

KaiYeves
2009-Apr-14, 09:28 PM
That's good to hear. I feel linked to the ISS, in an odd way. We're only about 6 years apart in age.