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dabolton
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posted 12-02-2011 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could the ISS structure withstand the pressure of large rockets to push it out of earth orbit?
Essentially the idea calls for retrofitting the ISS for deep space. That means sticking a rocket on it and possibly beefing up thermal and radiation insulation. That could carry astronauts to the stars for a fraction the cost that a full-blown new vehicle would cost.

Cozmosis22
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Interesting proposition. Will start the speculation... probably doable. Propulsion rocket and fuel tanks positioning will be critical. Maybe a bit of reinforcement here and there.

Might as well jettison the huge flimsy solar power arrays as they wouldn't be worth the trouble out there past Mars. Replace them with a nuclear energy source.

Not likely it would ever happen though.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-02-2011 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The linked blog is very vague. It cites no sources for its brief summary, saying "NASA is considering" but never supports that claim with any specifics.

The blog makes no mention of the planned extension of ISS operations through 2028 (a consideration already underway) and ignores the Space Launch System and Orion MPCV.

But that aside, the idea of sending the ISS — or at least components of it — to an asteroid dates back to at least August 2010: Sending ISS's Tranquiliy Node 3 to an asteroid.

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