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Trump plans to privatise ISS

2018-02-12 15:46 by


The Trump administration, which previously said that it wants to cut International Space Station funding by 2025, is apparently thinking about turning it over to the private sector. Without the ISS, American astronauts could be grounded on Earth for years with no destination in space until NASA develops new vehicles for its deep space travel plans.

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 international partners manage the station and conduct onboard experiments.

According to a draft budget proposal, the White House is working on a transition plan that will turn the International Space Station over to the private sector after funding stops by 2025.

The president will request $150 million in the Monday budget proposal "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".

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