Space Video of the Day - 080224

The existing international space station is obviously not an optimal long-term space station. At best it is a limited temporary outpost. However, this is not the way it has to be, even with existing technology. Six years ago, Space Island Group produced this video, showing how they would use space shuttle external tanks as the structure of a much larger space station. Since this video was made SIG has changed their plans a little bit, but the core idea remains the same: using the airtight external tanks to provide a huge amount of livable volume in orbit for far less money than is currently spent on the existing ISS, using almost as much legacy hardware as the DIRECT concept and far more legacy hardware than NASA's deeply flawed Ares.

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