“Ralpha” Space Station plan takes flight



The anxiously awaited plans for a joint U.S.-Russian space station were revealed by the Clinton Administration last week. Informally called “Ralpha,” the joint station would link the U.S.-led space station “Alpha” with an upgraded Russian station (see Eos, October 26).

The Clinton proposal lays out a threephase strategy for U.S.-Russian cooperation in space, culminating in a “world” space station effort involving the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe. The plan is described in an addendum to the “Program Implementation Plan” for Alpha.