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RE: War Breaks Out In The Caucasus -Georgia-Russia

Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:24 am

And the new Russian-American "Cold War" moves into manned space flight and seriously threatens continued ISS operations.

According to an article published on Aug. 13 in the Orlando (FL) Sentinel, the increasing diplomatic isolation and intense U.S. political fallout from the Georgian-Russian war could put both U.S. and Russian access to the International Space Station (ISS) operations in danger. Both Democrats and Republican are predicting that the U.S. Congress will veto any attempts to purchase the needed Soyuz space capsules needed to man the ISS. The U.S. agreement with Russia need to be funded now for the Soyuz capsules to be manufactured and ready for 2011 launches.

"U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, acknowledged Tuesday that Russia's five-day invasion of the Georgian province of South Ossetia makes it extremely unlikely that Congress will vote to allow NASA to continue buying the Russian-built Soyuz capsules after 2011.

NASA had been counting on the Soyuz to enable it to continue carrying people and cargo to the space station after the space shuttle is retired in 2010. The Soyuz is NASA's only proven alternative to get to the station."

The article goes on to state that "One senior House Republican staffer said a proposed waiver to allow continued purchase of the Soyuz is "dead on arrival. Nobody thinks it's going to happen, and the reality is there is no backup plan for the space station.""

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/.../orl-nasa1308aug13,0,7648120.story
 
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RE: War Breaks Out In The Caucasus -Georgia-Russia

Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:25 pm



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 300):
NASA had been counting on the Soyuz to enable it to continue carrying people and cargo to the space station after the space shuttle is retired in 2010. The Soyuz is NASA's only proven alternative to get to the station."

Oops!! Oh bugger!

Anybody followed the price of platinum? It has recently fallen about 25% which is more than most metals. Looks as if the markets do not anticipate much more "trouble".
 
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RE: War Breaks Out In The Caucasus -Georgia-Russia

Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:14 pm



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 300):
NASA had been counting on the Soyuz to enable it to continue carrying people and cargo to the space station after the space shuttle is retired in 2010. The Soyuz is NASA's only proven alternative to get to the station."

Maybe they should have invented a new one so they could get their people back home rather than rely on taxis - you know how unreliable they can be
 
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RE: War Breaks Out In The Caucasus -Georgia-Russia

Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:25 pm

The Russian military is continuing military ops within Georgia, even as U.S. Secretary of State Rice is meeting with the Georgian government in Tbilisi. Of course the Russian government denied their ongoing military actions to weaken the Georgian government and destroy the Georgian's natural gas and oil transportation infrastructure.

Let's face it, the Russians won't leave Georgia until they have captured Tbilisi, overthrown Georgian President Saakashvili, and then rubbed the Bush administration's nose in their victory.

"The Russians denied destroying the railroad bridge, not far from Igoeti. The blast suspended Azeri rail transportation of crude oil across Georgia to Black Sea ports, according to Russian state media. The Georgian government provided pictures of the collapsed structure. Other recent Russian denials, such as saying on Wednesday that tanks weren't in Gori, didn't match what was happening on the ground."

Source: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/48673.html
 
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RE: War Breaks Out In The Caucasus -Georgia-Russia

Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:26 am



Quoting Scotty (Reply 302):
Maybe they should have invented a new one so they could get their people back home rather than rely on taxis - you know how unreliable they can be

Maybe you should Google "Orion" and "SpaceX - Dragon". Sounds like NASA's playing excellent PR to get more funding for the former. Expect Elon Musk to use the same arguments to get more cash for the latter. If you don't know who Elon is after Googling SpaceX, I pity you.

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