[FPSPACE] ISS completion without thye Space Shuttle
josheyman at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 17 18:33:37 EDT 2005
Recently the Russian Space Agency claimed that, after STS-114, the
International Space Station can continue to operate until 2010. Presumably
this will be with the help of (American?) funded Progress and Soyuz TMA
vehicles until, in 2010 the planned Russian and European Space Agency crew
transfer vehicles would take over the ISS ferry role.
Being faced with the potential possibility that the three remaining STS
orbiters will be grounded forever and will be transferred to museums (can I
hold up my hand for one in the proposed Perth, Western Australia science
museum!!), it would be interesting to see how this course of action would
affect the completion of ISS as planned.
Questions that come immediately to mind are whether the Japanese JEM module,
the European Columbus module, the US Habitation Module and the associated
nodes, including the Cupola, as well as some of the remaining truss
sections, could be launched by Proton launch vehicles. And could these all
be assembled by the restricted number of crew members that are allowed
because of the use Soyuz TMA?
I intend to discuss this matter in a future issue of the News Bulletin of
the Astronautical Society of Western Australia and would welcome
contributions by members of this forum.
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