|Quoting TheSonntag (Thread starter):|
But how long will the ISS be used? Certainly nobody invests billions of dollars to retire a station in 2015 when it is completed in 2010, on the other hands the oldest modules were launched in 1998 already if I remember it correctly. MIR was used much longer than it was designed for, and despite the problems this worked out somehow.
|Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):|
ur international partners have not signed on to that plan, so ISS could well continue operations at ISS beyond that date without the US. It seems likely that the US will turn over control of its interests to some industrial/academic/commercial consortium at that time.
|Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 2):|
Thank you... 2016 sounds somewhat early, but aren't the Europeans generally supposed to do most of the ordinary "support" flights once the ISS is complete by using the ATV?
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos