As a fiscal conservative, you know one of the dumbest things you can do is cancel programs after billions in investment when there is still serious usable life ahead, Sen. Ted Cruz RTexas said last week,according to the Washington Post.
Walking away from ISS altogether has been panned by lawmakers after pouring so much taxpayer money into it.
NASA could stop funding the International Space Station after , at which point a commercial venture could take over.
The Trump administration wants to cut off funding to the International Space Station ISS after when it could hand the laboratory over to a private company.
Aeronautics giant Boeing currently operates the station which weighs roughly tons on behalf of NASA. Running the cility reportedly costs up to billion each year.
The idea of handing the keys to the space station over to a private company is still in the early stages,according to the Washington Post.
International Space Station could be privatized under Trump plan
The administrations plan comes after a week of rumors that it might stop directing resources toward the yearold laboratory, which NASA launched in partnership with space agencies from other countries.
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The NASA document indicates the administration will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry as it hammers out a fuller plan.
Researchers are trying to figure out if the space station could last beyond its current lifespan, which is set to run into , the Washington Post reported.
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International Space Station could be privatized under Trump administration plan
The White Houses budget request for the fiscal year ending in September which is set to be released Monday will ask for million 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.
The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 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, reads an internal NASA documentobtained by the Washington Post.
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.international newsInternational Space Station could be privatized under Trump plan