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July 30, 2009 -- No one really believes the United States would dump the International Space Station into the ocean just five years after the $100 billion project is finally finished, but here's the reality: NASA has no budget for the program beyond 2015.
Saving the space station, and possibly expanding the project, emerged this week as a top priority for two subcommittees of the presidential panel reviewing the U.S. human space program.
"We didn't start off with that perspective," committee member and former astronaut Sally Ride, told colleagues on the panel. "We don't think the d
"U.S. HUMAN SPACE PROGRAM".
Is there any other kind?
Originally posted by weedwhacker
It's inevitable, unless something is done to boost higher. THAT would be dicey, AND expensive, if it's even possible.
Originally posted by MarkLuitzen
next on tv brought to you by ... made possible by nasa and its partners..
Big brother ISS the winner of big brother wins a trip to the moon. ???
they have to think commercial.. something else what about advert on the launch system?
commercial partnerships?? Intel / amd paying for test time? or use of its technology and get publicity in return.
there are so much things they can do.. if they are willing.
The ISS VASIMR engine will operate in burst mode. Since ISS's power generation is not great enough, the system will include a trickle-charged battery system allowing for 10 min pulses of thrust. This however, is expected to be sufficient to maintain ISS altitude, eliminating the need for costly, periodic chemical rocket reboosting operations.