posted on Aug, 25 2019 @ 10:28 AM
The point is , whether it is worth for the Russians to continue to operate the ISS, given its old age !
Moreover , considering the ongoing global transition towards Asia, it makes more sense for the Russians to leave the ISS and start working on other
projects with China for example!
That said , nothing prevents the US and the EU to continue using the Soyuz capsule, at the same competitive price, for launching their astronauts to
the ISS if they intend to keep it operational !
It might be even possible to have a fully US-EU crew on each Soyuz launch to ISS starting from 2020. May take some more training for the EU or US
capsule commander ... but the rest would stay the same !
Does it make really that much sense for Russia to be still part of the ISS program ? Rather, the focus should be on a GRU-FSB led 'reform' of
Roscosmos and re-orientation to serious stuff, with heavy launchers, Space-based nuclear reactors (which the US is already busy working on ) etc...
etc ... In short, stop playing with 20th century toys, and move to a 21st century space program, as the US Air Force is already trying to do since
2011, with the X-37.
I am not sure who sees the point of sending research materials on a 20yo space station, in which holes mysteriously appear or in which antenna's
amplifiers don't work ... etc. etc.. etc...