[FPSPACE] Serious contingency plans needed for loss [temporary or otherwise] of Russian ISS effort

jameseoberg at comcast.net jameseoberg at comcast.net
Fri Apr 3 20:22:42 EDT 2015

Your note is three days late, David. As you have remarked before, the robustness of the partnership has exceeded my expectations, even as all the original promises of it -- faster, cheaper, better -- failed. I did tell you so.  
We go forward from where we are, and Kazakh nervousness over possible creeping crimeazation of its ethnically Russian northern provinces remains one of several recognizable time bombs. What steps can we do now to enhance the station's robustness against such potential crises? It's not just Kremlin perfidy we should worry about [and they, vice versa], it's any of a plethora of single-point failures, and at the current configuration, most of those happen to be Russian.  

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From: "David Portree" <dsfportree at hotmail.com> 
To: jameseoberg at comcast.net, "fpspace" <fpspace at mail.friends-partners.org>, fpspace at friends-partners.org 
Sent: Friday, April 3, 2015 6:09:25 PM 
Subject: RE: [FPSPACE] Serious contingency plans needed for loss [temporary or otherwise] of Russian ISS effort 

I think the answer to your question is, "After more than 20 years of objecting to US/Russian space cooperation, Jim Oberg finally gets to say, 'I told you so.'"  

But I see it was published on 1 April, so I gather we shouldn't take it seriously. 


David S. F. Portree 

dsfportree at hotmail.com 
dportree at usgs.gov   

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Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:13:45 +0000 
From: jameseoberg at comcast.net 
To: fpspace at mail.friends-partners.org; fpspace at friends-partners.org 
Subject: [FPSPACE] Serious contingency plans needed for loss [temporary or otherwise] of Russian ISS effort 

As my new article makes clear, it's not just Putin perfidy that is a potential threat, it's numerous other technical, industrial, or geo-political single point failures -- making it crucial to have some hip pocket advanced planning already accomplished. 


What Happens If Russia Abandons the International Space Station? 
By James Oberg 
Posted 1 Apr 2015 | 14:00 GMT 


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