Saturday, March 13, 2010

ISS Could Fly Until 2028


The International Space Station as photographed from Endeavour on February 19, 2010.

Aviation Week reports that International Space Station (ISS) partners see no problem extending operations to 2020 as President Obama has proposed, and are taking early steps to certify station elements through 2028.

"With the assembly of the ISS nearing completion and the capability to support a full-time crew of six established, they noted the outstanding opportunities now offered by the ISS for on-orbit research and for discovery including the operation and management of the world’s largest international space complex," NASA said. "In particular, they noted the unprecedented opportunities that enhanced use of this unique facility provides to drive advanced science and technology."

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