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Offline baldusi

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Re: The growing importance of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
« Reply #20 on: 08/26/2014 03:46 pm »
I believe Nanoracks work is at least as important. You need to develop the demand at least as much as the supply. If they somehow help develop commercial ECLSS solutions (with Paragon and Orbitec/SNC at least now doing it for days long cases), they would have most of the pieces for a commercial station, there are a couple of threads about how to steer the market. My conclusion was: specifications and standards galore.

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Re: The growing importance of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
« Reply #21 on: 08/26/2014 04:41 pm »
ISS will continue well past 2020. At least until 2024 and possibly 2028.

Here's one article in the affirmative:

That means we could see commercial vehicles  servicing the ISS for 8 - 10 years. This should give ample time for other LEO destinations and capabilities to emerge and create a real commercial market. I truly think this program will go down as one of NASA's greatest enabling achievements.

IMO, once Dragon & DC (my choice) begin these services, a huge amount of interest from other countries (and companies) will propel this nascent industry. That these vehicles will have been certified by NASA and will launch with at least one Russian Cosmonaut per mission, will lend a lot of credibility to these commercial systems. The mission operations experience SpaceX and SNC will obtain will be monumental and leveraged in ways we may not even be thinking about yet.

Heading into the later part of this decade with SLS, DC and Dragon all operational? The possibilities are endless. The likes of which we haven't seen before.

All I have to say is...Thanks NASA. I know I don't always say it and yes I get frustrated with you but...well, thanks for this one. You've made us all very proud and extremely excited.

I'd love to see a new Super ISS project assembled between US-Canada-Japan-Australia-UK-NZ at Earth-Moon L4 or L5. Great location for colonization of Space, assembling/Manufacturing, fuel depots...