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Subject: ISS/Lifeboats
R.A. Pennington    6/12/2002 12:50:44 PM
Add a docking collar and a Soyuz for each 3 people that need to be stationed on the ISS. Proven developed technology should be easier on the budgets and allow for an expansion of crew in relatively easy fashion compared to developing new crew-carrying/lifeboat modules.
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Vulture    RE:ISS/Lifeboats   6/12/2002 1:05:10 PM
Adding docling collars also give some redundancy to the ISS. And as for cost , cheap at the price, the trick is getting those russians on schedule. And let's not even go into the fact that all you really need for a rescue vehicle is a heat shield, parachutes and personal air supply for each returnee. [reference: The end of the Movie Dark Star is technically doable today and comparitively cheap.]
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TankboiKelarius    RE:ISS/Lifeboats   12/12/2003 5:40:19 PM
Never watched dark star, but youre right, soyuz capsules would be cheaper and work just as well, except for the fact of when you finally get a full 7 person crew aboard the station and you have 3 different capsules, that also means there are 3 different places something can go wrong instead of one. Personally, I think they should just permanently park a shuttle next to the station. It would add to total station space as well as act as a lifeboat.
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perfectgeneral    RE:ISS/Lifeboats   5/18/2005 2:17:02 PM
A use for SpaceShipOne? The first reusable orbiter will get quite a few customers, but in the meantime, isn't there a way to boost a sub-orbiter up to ISS as a lifeboat?
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