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KenDavis
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From: W.Sussex United Kingdom
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posted 11-04-2008 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Couple of questions on how things will work with the ISS once US astronauts can no longer fly on Soyuz missions:

1) Are there elements of the ISS that are dependant on US expertise (i.e. replacing SARJ elements); or put another way, is the ISS put at risk by not having a US presence?

2) Could a ‘proxy’ US presence be supported by flying astronauts who are part of other corps i.e. ESA and NADSA but who are qualified US mission specialists? Europe and Japan presumably have no restrictions on purchasing Soyuz seats.

3) Given the ISS will reach a capacity of 6 around the time that US astronauts are no longer flying, will we get to the point where there are 6 Russians on the ISS and no US astronauts (has there been any comment from NASA on how this will look politically)?

NavySpaceFan
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posted 11-04-2008 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, the waiver to allow US astronauts to fly on Soyuz past the 2011 time frame was signed by the President weeks ago. This is no longer an issue.

KenDavis
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posted 11-04-2008 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that - I had obviously missed that announcement. Nice to have some good news and to see common sense prevailing

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