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Topic # 242148 13-Oct-2018 09:40
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according to a former astronaut anyway

 

*disclaimer: i know nothing

 





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  Reply # 2107161 13-Oct-2018 09:40
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  Reply # 2107164 13-Oct-2018 09:45
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ok robot.

 

anyway, some background

 





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  Reply # 2107167 13-Oct-2018 09:56
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The Soyuz capsule currently linked to the ISS, and the one the crew must use as their return ship, has a "use by date" in January / February 2019. As I understand it, the Soyuz capsule is only certified for six months continuous vacuum exposure.

 

So, the crew can come back anytime, and must come back by early February. If there hasn't been a new capsule launch by then, they will leave the ISS empty / uncrewed, and it's not really designed for that.

 

 

 

My understanding is not that the crew is marooned, but that there is a risk that an untended ISS might either deteriorate or get damaged to a point that it would be unsafe to reoccupy, or its orbit might decay and it re-enter uncontrolled

 

 

 

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  Reply # 2107169 13-Oct-2018 09:58
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ah thanks





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  Reply # 2107185 13-Oct-2018 10:23
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And The Register says

 

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

 

SpaceX, Boeing running behind schedule, and don't get me started on SLS

 

 

 

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/11/soyuz_nasa_international_space_station/

 

 


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  Reply # 2107272 13-Oct-2018 15:22
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Don't worry - there's Commander Alex aboard. You could ask him what's next: https://www.facebook.com/ESAAlexGerst/





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