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voyager1

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That is a huge win for SpaceX and validation of their development model. I think it also recognizes that SpaceX is the world leader in rocket design and are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. They seem to have purpose beyond sending objects in LEO in the most profitable manner, but actually want to push human space flight forward in a major way.
Facts. SpaceX is the most advanced rocket company in the world right now. It surpasses government agencies (China, US, EU) and private enterprises.

Their new engine, called Raptor, is revolutionary and it is the first engine of its kind.

Plus lets not forget their Starship program. If SpaceX manages to build this huge rocket, China military space arm is toast. The US Space Force is salivating to the capabilities that Starship can offer them.

Incredible job from SpaceX, hopefully China can someday have its own Elon Musk to push the frontier of technological development
 

Andy1974

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Trying to land it in foggy weather was a baffling idea. You can't track the rocket/position easily when there is inclement weather. If the idea is to gain as much data possible they should've waited a few days for the fog to clear up.
It was because of US regulations and the fact that they had an observer there, not for technical reasons.
 

TerraN_EmpirE

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The Russians are stating they will be withdrawing from the ISS starting in 2025. However, it should be noted: the Russians make comments like this historically when they want to renegotiate something with ISS.

Keith Cowing is something of a gadfly for NASA, but he does point out a lot of less than stellar bits there. He's been something of a journalist in the arena since the 90s:

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Well considering that the weakest link in the ISS is the Russian Segment these days. The Zvezda module is at the end of its life. Suffering repeated failures both stress fractures and system failures including life support, Likely to be followed soon after by more of the segment modules. A pressing question is what will and WILL sooner rather than later replace those modules as they fail. Zvezda Is both the Life support hub and the booster segment used for independent orbital stabilization burns.
With The Crewed dragon docking (which can also reboost) , the Russian Soyuz seats no longer being brought and the increasing interest in commercial operations and modules on ISS vs a Russian specs program that is more interested in state operations it’s actually logical that there investment would end sooner rather that later.
 

anzha

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Well considering that the weakest link in the ISS is the Russian Segment these days. The Zvezda module is at the end of its life. Suffering repeated failures both stress fractures and system failures including life support, Likely to be followed soon after by more of the segment modules. A pressing question is what will and WILL sooner rather than later replace those modules as they fail. Zvezda Is both the Life support hub and the booster segment used for independent orbital stabilization burns.

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As expected.

With The Crewed dragon docking (which can also reboost) , the Russian Soyuz seats no longer being brought and the increasing interest in commercial operations and modules on ISS vs a Russian specs program that is more interested in state operations it’s actually logical that there investment would end sooner rather that later.

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Until Boeing gets Starliner completely operational, I expect NASA to keep a finger in the Soyuz flights. Having multiple ways to orbit is now pretty much policy.
 

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Until Boeing gets Starliner completely operational, I expect NASA to keep a finger in the Soyuz flights. Having multiple ways to orbit is now pretty much policy.
That seat was likely the last. It had to be negotiated separately from the previous existing block. Any additional would depend on two factors first the launch schedule which for Soyuz is October 5 MS19, next open seats. Finally the price point. The Russians are charging a ton of money per seat. But as you said They want a back up option. Starliner is supposed to get another shot in December. But another Dragon Crew will go up before that.

Also I had forgotten the long long long long overdue Nauka model is supposed to finally launch for the Russian segment this July. Only been delayed 14 years since its original planed launch in 07. So long one wonders if they might not be forced to delay for another decade as half its systems go past warranty date again.
 

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