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ISS is turning into a spaceport

Despite criticism of the high rate of expenditure on the ISS, it had been exploited to the full until 2020. Many stations systems were in usable workable condition, so that all five partners (Russia, US, EU, Japan and Canada) decided to continue using the ISS. The flying research laboratory has been turned into a testing ground for a new generation of missile technology, which will give mankind the opportunity to fly beyond the near-Earth space, to Mars and even asteroids. Various components are being delivered to the space station to build a spacecraft that would no longer be launched from the surface of the Earth, but from the ISS that has been given a new lease of life. The first harbinger is a small, manned aircraft that has already circled the moon several times and returned to Earth without intermediate stops on the orbital station.

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Ethan If we have a space port everyone will get to go to space it will be fun and amazing. (because I like space a lot) 17 Aug 2019
Dominic N Knecht I disagree because as far a I know ISS means In-School-Suspension 19 Apr 2019
Neil Absolutely not. Not to mention the cost, even on a private funding initiative using big sponsors. There will be natural and economic as well as moral grounds on which this move will have to take many steps back, becoming something far from what was intended. 08 Apr 2019
Hazonku I don't see any government wanting to deal with it after 2020. However instead of dumping it in the Pacific as planned I foresee an effort by public opinion & private industry to put it on auction like any other piece of government property that's no longer used. ISS will cause a massive bidding war between Musk, Bezos, and Branson & they may even go as far as to come together to open the first real space hotel/museum. I suppose it's inevitable that it will become a space port, especially if Elon ends up with it. 06 Feb 2019