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Forget the Maldives, the Seychelles or anywhere else - if you are looking for a really exclusive holiday, you should be looking beyond our planet. A Russian company is building a new hotel in space which is scheduled to open in five years' time. And as RT found out, with an astronomical $60-million price tag, a good view is guaranteed. The first-ever hotel floating in space could be the ultimate escape, and according to its creators this is no space fantasy. “We’ll launch the commercial space station in 2016 and receive our first guests in 2017,” Sergey Kostenko, a CEO at Orbital Technologies, told RT.
As recently as 2009, NASA had stated plans to end the ISS programme and deorbit the ISS in early 2016. This was in accordance with the then-President Bush's policy. President Obama announced new policy in 2010, extending the programme through 2020. All five ISS-participating space agencies had indicated in 2010 their desire to see the platform continue flying beyond 2015, but Europe struggled to agree on funding arrangements within its member states, until agreement was reached in March 2011. Russia and ISS partners in a 2011 statement said that work is being done to make sure other modules can be used beyond 2015. So far, the partners have only manifested missions through about 2015. The first Russian module was launched in 1998, and the 30th anniversary of that module's launch has been chosen as a target date for certification of all components of the ISS. According to a 2009 report, RKK Energia is considering methods to remove from the station some modules of the Russian Orbital Segment when the end of mission is reached and use them as a basis for a new station, known as the Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experiment Complex (OPSEK). The modules under consideration for removal from the current ISS include the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), currently scheduled to be launched at the end of 2011, with other Russian modules which are currently planned to be attached to the MLM until 2015, although still currently unfunded. Neither the MLM nor any additional modules attached to it would have reached the end of their useful lives in 2016 or 2020. The report presents a statement from an unnamed Russian engineer who believes that, based on the experience from Mir, a thirty-year life should be possible, except for micrometeorite damage, because the Russian modules have been built with on-orbit refurbishment in mind. According to the Outer Space Treaty the United States is legally responsible for all modules it has launched. In ISS planning, NASA examined options including returning the station to Earth via shuttle missions (deemed too expensive, as the station is not designed for disassembly and this would require at least 27 shuttle missions), natural orbital decay with random reentry similar to Skylab, boosting the station to a higher altitude (which would simply delay reentry) and a controlled targeted de-orbit to a remote ocean area. The technical feasibility of a controlled targeted deorbit into a remote ocean was found to be within the capability of the ISS, only with the United States combining its resources with Russia. At the time ISS was launched, the Russian Space Agency had experience from de-orbiting the Salyut 4, 5, 6, and 7 space stations, while NASA's first intentional controlled de-orbit of a satellite (the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory) would not occur for another two years. NASA currently has no spacecraft capable of de-orbiting the ISS at the time of decommissioning. While the entire USOS cannot be reused and will be discarded, final decisions are still to be made on which ROS modules will be used in OPSEK, and which modules will be discarded. Pirs is to be de-orbited before the decommissioning of the ISS and Nauka will be re-used.
Originally posted by 12voltz
I thought the Hopi were referring to Skylab with that piece of prophesy .It's so vague it could be made to fit numerous events.
Skylab's demise was an international media event, with merchandising, wagering on the time and place of re-entry, and nightly news reports. The San Francisco Examiner offered a $10,000 prize for the first piece of Skylab delivered to its offices; the competing Chronicle offered $200,000 if a subscriber suffered personal or property damage. NASA calculated that the odds of station re-entry debris hitting a human were 152 to 1:369—although the odds of debris hitting a city of 100,000 or more were 7 to 1—and special teams were readied to head to any country hit by debris and requesting help. Fragment of Skylab recovered after its re-entry through Earth's atmosphere, on display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Ground controllers adjusted Skylab's orientation for ideal re-entry dynamics in the hours before reentry at approximately 16:37 UTC 11 July 1979. They aimed the station at a spot 810 miles (1,300 km) south southeast of Cape Town, South Africa. The station did not burn up as fast as NASA expected, however. Due to a 4% calculation error, debris landed southeast of Perth, Western Australia,:371 and was found between Esperance and Rawlinna, from 31° to 34°S and 122° to 126°E. The Shire of Esperance fined the United States $400 for littering, a fine which remained unpaid for 30 years. The fine was paid in April 2009, when radio show host Scott Barley of Highway Radio raised the funds from his morning show listeners and paid the fine on behalf of NASA. Seventeen-year-old Stan Thornton found a few pieces of Skylab at his home in Esperance and caught a flight to San Francisco, where he collected the Examiner prize.:371 In a coincidence for the organizers, the annual Miss Universe pageant was scheduled to be held a few days later, on 20 July 1979 in Perth. A large piece of Skylab debris was displayed on the stage.
Originally posted by kdog1982
My question is,why bring the ISS back down to Earth,just put a couple of rockets on it and shoot out to space.
Might as well start sending our garbage out into space.
Originally posted by TheLieWeLive
reply to post by 12voltz
Maybe so. I thought the evacuation of the ISS around the time of an incoming comet was a bit to coincidental but then again I am a member of ATS.
Got a question. Would the ISS burn up on reentry or could it wipe out a town on impact? Anyone know?
31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are
But those were big comets. Elenin is (was?) a tiny thing. If it did break up there won't be anything of any size left.