Extending the ISS to 2024 – #ISS2024


In our final episode before our July hiatus we look at the International Space Station and the desire to extend its life to 2024. While many ISS partners are on board with extending its life, ESA has not yet committed. What does this mean for the future of station?

In Space News we have:
* New Shepard Flight 4
* PSLV Launch
* Atlas V Launch
* Long March 7 Launch
* Juno July 4th rendezvous with Jupiter
* How Brexit may affect UK space participation

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  1. DougSpace on June 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    NASA’s $3 billion each year for the ISS ads up to $22.5 billion thru 2024? If using a public-private approach, with Masten-Xeus landers flying on Falcon Heavies and using large inflatable lunar habs, I believe that the ISS is costing us an initial lunar base. IMO, the opportunity cost of the ISS is too great.

    • DougSpace on June 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Supporting Info:
      Dave Masten has estimated that it would cost less than $200 M to modify the Centaur upper stage into the Xeus lander. Each launch of the Falcon Heavy would cost about $135 M. With a drop tank, the Xeus could deliver about 7.5 tonnes to the lunar surface one-way. Pairs of FH launches would near the capability of the Saturn V. Reuse of landers means human-rating with fewer launches. Inflatable habs with regolith shielding could be thin and “construction” would be a matter of inflating / expanding.

      WAG Cost Estimates:
      $200 M – Xeus development
      $800 M – Four Xeuses built
      $1.6 B – 12 FH launches
      $2.6 B – Subtotal

      This leaves about $20 billion for additional development / testing, operations, and support.

  2. John Bensted on June 29, 2016 at 4:49 am

    So Buck Rogers!

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