The Trump Administration Wants to Privatize the International Space Station

The Trump Administration Wants to Privatize the International Space Station

The Trump Administration Wants to Privatize the International Space Station

It's been known for some time that the White House has been considering cutting off funding to the International Space Station by 2025 to free up resources for NASA, an agency US President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon but has also proposed should make do with a shoestring budget.

Aerospace company Boeing now operates the station for NASA, which costs $US3 to $US4 billion each year.

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The supposed plan would end federal funding of the ISS in 2025, at which point a transition would occur in which the private sector would take over ISS ownership and operations.

The White House is expected to end direct funding for the orbiting station after 2024, with documents obtained by the Washington Post indicating the laboratory could end up in private hands.

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The administration will reportedly ask for $150 million in the 2019 fiscal year in its budget request on Monday. In other words, to transition to some sort of a public-private partnership.The document says NASA will expand global and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to "ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit".

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz slammed the reports, claiming he hoped they would "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot" after the amount of money spent to operate the station. And as The Verge points out, there are several other reasons why this idea will see opposition, but ironically, one of the stand-out points is that losing access to the ISS could actually harm the commercial space industry, which has been using the ISS to test new technologies and equipment, launch probes, and create ... Andrew Rush, chief executive of 3-D printing company Made In Space, said plainly that the ISS isn't built for profit seeking. "It's inherently always going to be an worldwide construct that requires USA government involvement and multinational cooperation". Last month, as reports circulated about NASA pulling the plug on the station, Mark Mulqueen, Boeing's space station program manager, said "walking away from the International Space Station now would be a mistake, threatening American leadership and hurting the commercial market as well as the scientific community".

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The International Space Station or ISS is a low-orbit space station was developed jointly by the U.S. space agency NASA and its Russian counterpart. Under President Bush, NASA took the first steps to outsource cargo supply flights to the station to SpaceX and Orbital ATK.

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