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 Unlimited-02.11.19

Airborne Unmanned-02.19.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.20.19

AMA Drone Report-02.14.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.15.19

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-02.11.19

Airborne Unmanned-02.19.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.20.19

AMA Drone Report-02.14.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.15.19

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

Airborne 02.15.19: Sun Flyer 2, AirVenture Celebrates 747, SnF Drone Show

Also: 'Mars One' Kaput, Embraer Delivers, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Phoenix Skydive Center Wins Bye Aerospace’s electric Sun Flyer 2 successfully completed the first offi>[...]

Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition Is Back--With A Vengeance!

Send Us Your Wacky Ideas NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and after a break last year (due to a death in the family>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.12.19: Drone Appraisal, Stratospheric HiDron, DCGA Approval

Also: UK BVLOS Experimentation, Drone Delivery Canada, Smallest Asteroid Visit, Sinclair College UAS Training NE Florida’s St. Johns County is one of the state's most rapidly>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.14.19: AMA Expo East, Altitude Angel, Sun ‘n Fun Drone Show

Also: Oklahoma Legislature, Corona CA PD Deploys, National Model Aviation Museum Finally! This year’s rendition of AMA’s Expo East is right around the corner. Despite t>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.19.19: Drone ID Marking, New Regs, Quantix NextGen

Also: LAANC Service Provider Request, XPONENTIAL Co-Located Events, Planck Aero, Altitude Angel The FAA has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to di>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2019 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC