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NASA Is Planning To Privatize International Space Station

Cahill didn't score when he came off the bench during the final five minutes of the game Cahill didn't score when he came off the bench during the final five minutes of the game
Laurie Berry | 12 February, 2018, 09:35

As the Post notes, the station is no stranger to private industry; Boeing now operates it at a cost of $3 to $4 billion a year.

Supporters fear the rumours and leaks risk deterring other nations from continuing their support for a collaborative effort that launched in 1998 and has welcomed astronauts, cosmonauts and space tourists from 17 countries.

The White House plans to stop funding for the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory.

As the USA has already spent some $100 billion to launch, operate and support the orbital station, the plan is expected to face stiff opposition.

"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 document says.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz said he hoped that reports of the plans "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot", adding: "One of the dumbest things you can do is cancel programs after billions in investment when there is still serious usable life ahead". Frank Slazar, the vice president of space systems for the Aerospace Industries Association, pointed out to the Post that the global agreements the United States signed regarding the creation of the ISS would render making it a commercial outpost tricky.

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In a statement, Boeing's Space Station manager Mark Mulqueen said that "handing over a rare national asset to commercial enterprises before the private sector is ready to support it could have disastrous consequences for American leadership in space and for the chances of building space-focused private enterprise".

As it prepares a transition plan, the White House said it "will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry".

The station has allowed global crews - notably in collaboration with the Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies - to pursue scientific research in the environment of a low Earth orbit.

It's not clear what private company might take over the station - companies like SpaceX frequently make deliveries there, while Boeing operates the station for NASA. Subcontractor operations gained momentum during the Obama presidency.

Their full budget plan is slated to come out tomorrow, when they will apparently ask for $150 million to help groom private companies into potential successors for ISS ownership.

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