ISS partners discuss how to use the space station as a test bed for missions beyond low Earth orbit.


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Now why didn’t they think of this before? The ISS partners met today to discuss how to use the space station as a test bed for missions beyond low Earth orbit.

As I wrote in Leaving Earth, a space station is nothing more than a prototype interplanetary spaceship. This kind of research is really its main purpose, and I am glad that the governments running ISS are finally beginning to recognize it, even though their engineers have known it for decades. Note too that the press release above also gives a nice overview of some of the ongoing research on ISS that is directly related to learning how to survive in space for long periods.

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3 comments

  • Chris L.

    Agreed. I would have thought that was one of its original rationals.

  • yes that thing is so heavy , hope it returns more than we bargined for

  • Kelly Starks

    Support of BEO was one of the origional reason for both Station and shuttle – but in the later case the capacity was deleted as unnessisary as a cost savings effort.

    Given the US has no efforts toward BEO beyond SLOS, adn Obama was pretty adament that the US should never send people BEO again, its a moot point.

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