ISS Could Become A Commercial Venture | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.21.18

Airborne-UnManned 05.22.18

Airborne 05.23.18

AMA Drone Report 05.24.18

Airborne 05.25.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 05.21.18

Airborne-UnManned 05.22.18

Airborne 05.23.18

AMA Drone Report 05.24.18

Airborne 05.25.18

Wed, Feb 14, 2018

ISS Could Become A Commercial Venture

U.S. Government Plans To Discontinue Funding By 2025

An internal NASA document shows that when the U.S. government discontinues funding for the International Space Station, it does not necessarily mean that the station will be put in mothballs until it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere.

MSN reports that the document, which was obtained by the Washington Post, states that "[t]he decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time — it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform. NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”

The Trump administration plans to request $150 in fiscal year 2019, and additional funding in subsequent years, earmarked to "enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS — potentially including elements of the ISS — are operational when they are needed.”

But there will be staunch opposition to defunding the program, which so far has cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $100 billion to build and maintain. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that he hopes that the reports that NASA plans to abandon the station are "as unfounded as Bigfoot." He said that cancelling the program after billions have been invested and there is a long useful life ahead is "one of the dumbest things you can do."

Still, Cruz said he would be open to public-private partnerships. enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS — potentially including elements of the ISS — are operational when they are needed," he said.

Some in the commercial space industry told MSN that converting ISS from a research facility to one with commercial functions would be a challenging undertaking that might not be achievable.

(Image from file)

FMI: Original report

Advertisement

More News

ParaZero Announces Parachute Systems For DJI Mavic, Phantom Drones

Adds Layer Of Safety For The Popular UAVs ParaZero is adding parachute recovery systems for DJI Mavic and Phantom drones. Chief marketing officer Oren Aviram said that the company'>[...]

FlightSafety Continues To Expand Its EASA Phased Recurrent Training Program

Now Available At Most Locations Around The World FlightSafety International announces the ongoing expansion of its EASA Phased Recurrent Training program. It is now available at mo>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 05.22.18: Aurora ACUS, Horsefly Delivers, K2 LEO UAS

Also: Aero-TV: Textron's X5-55, InfraDrone App, NASA's Mars Helicopter, Gremlins on Track This month, Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) successfully del>[...]

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2018 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few... E-I-C Note: There's very little we can say yet, but there is a reason why this may be THE year to throw in with ANN to cover the extr>[...]

It's On--Again! EAA/ANN Announce 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview!

Stunningly Successful Innovation Program Draws Hundreds of Thousands of Eyeballs to ‘All Things AirVenture’ E-I-C Note: We're tremendously excited to work with EAA agai>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC