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Russia plans to use their segment of the ISS as an idependant space station once the station is readied for decommissioning in the early 2020’s. Unlike American modules, Russian ones are designed to be refurbished in-orbit, leading to prolonged use well beyond the design life of other modules.

Once the final ROS module, Nakua, is launched, the station will then prepare to receive two additional modules for post-ISS use. Nakua will form the core of the new station, dubbed OPSEK. 

When the time comes for a controlled de-orbit, the Russian Orbital Segment will detach from the American Orbital Segment and operate independently in orbit until a new Russian crew occupies it.

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    I really don’t get why the design life for the ISS was so short…
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    The West has lost it’s ability to think beyond tomorrow.
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