Post-ISS Orbital Outposts Taking Shape

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 30, 2013
Credit: China Academy of Space Technology

More than 70 nations use the International Space Station (ISS) for research today, and a growing realization of its value is driving a sense of urgency to continue the unique facility after the scheduled 2020 shutdown, and replace it once it is gone.

China is leading the way on replacement by default, since U.S. concern about China's military-space program has blocked its full participation in the ISS (although Chinese experiments are beginning to find their way into the station racks).

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