I have been a big fan of the space stations growth over the years, but it's become a monstrosity at this point. I believe I read somewhere that the Russians were pulling out in the early 2020's and by the mid 2020's the space station would be near the end of it's projected life span. Instead of updating and remodeling the present station does anyone agree it's time to build something more futuristic?
Judging by the pace of JW telescope project, my faith in mankind's ability to build a new one is shaken. Even so I think we should build something that can be useful and multi-purpose for the future.
I'm not asking for the Starship Enterprise with solar panels hanging all over it, but there are plenty of designs that could accommodate many future space planes now on the books. Thoughts?