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Otherwise, the FH should fly later this year, if everything goes according to plan.
Would be cool if they did an overhaul on the ISS and upgraded it to accommodate more people, but it would probably need a lot of new components, and probably a new backbone, perhaps it would be better to just build a brand new station. Launch cost has declined a lot since ISS was put up and then all the lessons learned on the ISS could be applied from the get go. A lot of modules could probably be reused though.

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Yeah, I see your point. Lots of lessons learned from ISS, and the technologies and approaches have improved by several orders of magnitude since then. Some of the ISS components are based on 1980's technology. Not saying it's bad, just that's what worked for the time and there's better/lighter/cheaper/more efficient nowadays that gets the job done for waaaaay less cost and could (should) be able to be more rapidly developed.

 

Russia wants to build Mir-2 using these lessons and Industry resources, and I think they've got the right idea. :yes: Let's follow their lead.

 

 

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I wonder if the Russians would consider Bigelow modules for their station.
Or if they are even able to still build a new station, their development has been slow since the fall of the USSR.

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Dunno if transferring the modules or the techs in them would pass an ITAR* review. The modules have some rather advanced thruster systems which are powered by in-situ resource utilization. Neat stuff.

 

* US International Traffic in Arms Regulations  law, restricting the sale or transfer of arms or Dual-Use technologies. 

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