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Old 08-31-2011, 01:28 PM
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Default ISS Possibly Abandoned?

Probably will not happen, but it made me think about any possibilities of this greatly speeding up progress on commercially manned craft or even Nasa's Orion Craft.

Then I started thinking, (theoretically) would the abandonment of the ISS leave the legality of any commercial "salvage" operation practical? That is, suppose some corporation or country other than US/Russia taking physical possession of it as "salvage" even though it was essentially in prime condition?
A commercial "takeover" launch would not have to occur under either country's "blessing" or territory and their laws concerning launching manned flight would not apply? Wouldn't surprise me if there was a rush to attempt it...barring the legality and the political backlash against an attempt.

Also to think...portions of the station ARE stable enough for deep-space missions.

Just thinking out loud...lol



http://news.yahoo.com/astronauts-mig...014444600.html
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:53 PM
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Just more of the ridiculously amounts of ineptitude present in the US space agency.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:52 PM
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Just more of the ridiculously amounts of ineptitude present in the US space agency.
Not only in the space agency, but government in general...
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:40 PM
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The ISS is governed by international treaty and owned by five distinct entities. Any attempt to usurp control of the ISS by an outside agency would be tantamount to grand theft and would draw immediate legal action by the respective controlling governments. You would also have to have the capability of sending rockets, manned or otherwise, to the ISS that are capable of salvaging/scrapping/stealing it. If you know anybody named Hugo Drax, keep an eye on him...

In any event, the potential abandoning of the ISS is not meant to be a permanent maneuver to declare that all parties are disavowing any ownership of or claims to the ISS. It's a potential temporary strategy to secure the long term viability of the ISS in the absence of a manned crew.
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