Re: SPACE: Is ISS a boondoggle?, was Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA on ISS?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 20:57:37 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:

> Answer this -- why can't one attach a couple of dozen Baby Hubble's
> to the space station?

Because the redesign in 1992 took out the open-endedness
that woulda made the project worthwhile. Look at it. In
its current form theres no way to add stuff later. Its a
heart-breaking closed design.

> Is there some orbital difference between
> the Hubble and the ISS that makes it unusable as an observatory?


> Is it simply not stable enough? What gives here?

Well, its not *ideal* because people moving around inside
would disturb the optics, but the telescopes need not be hard
mounted. The problem is with the design of the station.
The original design that the US congress bought was
more open ended. spike

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