• Question: Is there a chance of there being a second ISS?

    Asked by xx_AstroBoy_xx to Simon, Julia, Delma, Andrew, Alex on 10 Dec 2015.
    • Photo: Andrew Winnard

      Andrew Winnard answered on 10 Dec 2015:

      Unlikely while the current one is in space. After this one wears out in another 5-10 years then maybe we will build something new. There is a company called Bigelow which is looking at making expanding modules for building space stations with!

    • Photo: Simon Challis

      Simon Challis answered on 10 Dec 2015:

      Hey xx_AstroBoy_xx ! Good question!

      As Andrew stated before… the chances of there being an ISS 2.o is pretty slim at the moment. The major space agencies are looking instead to send humans to the Moon, Mars or Asteroids. At the moment there is really only money for one big international space project at a time.

      However it is possible that individual companies and countries will develop their own smaller space stations like Bigelow as mentioned also by Andrew.

      Dont forget that there is another space station already in orbit: Chinas Tiangong-1:

      One on ESA astronauts will probably visit this space station in the future… id love to work that mission!