Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Trump plans to privatise International Space Station

Trump plans to privatise International Space Station

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". The United States has already spent some Dollars 100 billion to launch, operate and support the orbital station.

The International Space Station argued one of the Post's sources, Andrew Rush, the chief executive of Made in Space, 'is built for science and human exploration, it's not built for profit seeking'.

Cruz also said that he hoped the recent reports that NASA might cancel funding "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot, ' and blamed the decision on the 'numskulls" at the Office of Management and Budget.

"It will be very hard to turn ISS into a truly commercial outpost because of the worldwide agreements that the United States is involved in", Aerospace Industries Association vice president of space systems Frank Slazer told the Post.

"It will be very hard to turn ISS into a truly commercial outpost because of the global agreements that the United States is involved in", he said. "It's inherently always going to be an global construct that requires USA government involvement and multinational cooperation".

The International Space Station or ISS is a low-orbit space station was developed jointly by the USA space agency NASA and its Russian counterpart.

Aeronautics giant Boeing now operates the station - which weighs roughly 460 tons - on behalf of NASA.

The White House wants to stop funding for the station after 2024, the documents indicate, and is working on a transition plan to hand the orbiting lab over to private industry. The ISS has no clear commercial use, those other governments would be sure to balk at the idea of turning the station over to the private sector, and even Republicans like Ted Cruz are calling full privatization an extremely stupid idea since the ISS could potentially stay in use until 2028 or beyond. NASA took steps to outsource cargo supply flights to the ISS to the private space companies Orbital ATK and SpaceX under President George W. Bush; the Obama administration extended the model to hire Boeing and SpaceX to fly astronauts there. NASA would just be one of the ISS or that theoretical future private space station's clients, reversing the current arrangement where NASA personnel and their worldwide partners manage the station and conduct onboard experiments.

The proposal doesn't say what companies would take over or what private enterprise might want to do with the station.

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