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Looks like the info you seek is in the International Docking Standard. Dimensions are in millimeters.


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tl;dr During ISS assembly the station maneuvered more than it does these days. You are correct that the docked Shuttle / ISS stack maneuvered during the STS-115 mission. The planned attitudes for the last several Shuttle missions are available in the Attitude Timeline sections of their flightplans, published at the JSC FDF page. The STS-115 flight plan is ...


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To reduce the time for craft to reach the station, the ISS needs to be at the correct point in its orbit (or "phase") relative to the launch site at the time of launch. Doing this requires changing the orbit, either higher or lower to increase or decrease the orbital period. While most burns are done to increase the altitude, in 2015 the decision was that ...


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It's the Service Module for the Orion. When this article was written in 2012 that was still being disputed internally, but it happened. Five ATV flights pay off ESA's operating cost burden until 2017. With the space station program extended until the end of the decade, ESA now owes approximately 450 million euros, or about $600 million, to meet its ...


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Heat: It should be fine from the perspective of thermal insulation. The aluminium that makes the 'rigid' bits rigid has high thermal conductivity, and contributes almost nothing to the thermodynamics of the station. Also as heat moves fairly liberally inside the ISS, in a way it sort of is already having its thermal properties demonstrated. There is some ...


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tl;dr the P6 truss had a special cooling system installed on it to provide thermal control of the proto-ISS until the full external thermal system was installed. This system incorporated two special radiators that were eventually stowed. For a spacecraft that had to provide all the normal functions (GNC, life support, thermal regulation, propulsion, etc.) ...


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Robert Zubrin of Mars Direct fame has discussed the issue of how to return to the Moon, to stay, to do ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization) all without the need for neither SLS nor the Lunar Toolbooth Gateway. You can read more details here: New Atlantis article: Moon Direct and here: Mars Society article: Moon Direct Short version: A Falcon Heavy can ...


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