Trump Administration Thinking About Privatizing International Space Station


What does Trump want to do?

The White House budget proposal on Monday would eventually end US funding while possibly turning the orbiting laboratory over to private operators. The 2019 budget proposal wants to increase NASA funding to 3 percent and the Trump administration has proposed $19.6bn for NASA in 2019, an increase of $500m from the current year.

His company's plan is to attach its own compartments to the existing International Space Station and, once the decision is made to dismantle the complex, detach its segment and continue orbiting on its own. "We have invested massively in the ISS".

"In short, we are once again on a path to return to the Moon with an eye toward Mars".

This isn't the first time NASA has spoken of selling off the ISS.

Euronews space correspondent Jeremy Wilks noted that any decisions taken on the future of the ISS needed to be agreed with partners from Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada.

Because NASA is the single largest partner in the ISS, there have been concerns that its refusal to extend its commitment will affect other nations' resolve to carry on with the station until 2028.

The idea probably won't go over well at the congressional level, especially given how Sen.

The space station is scheduled to operate through 2024.

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When asked about the possibility of a public-partnership, he said, "I think all of us are open to reasonable proposals that are cost effective and that are utilising the investments we made in a way that maximise their effectiveness".

"It's a hard issue", Wörner said, however a partly privatized space station would "not be the end of the world".

"George Bush really gave birth to the privatisation of space", Dr Tucker explained.

The end of federal funding for the ISS would not necessarily mean the end of the station, or at least some parts of it, according to the document.

The Space Shuttle program eventually came to an end under Barack Obama's presidency - which Mr Trump was not pleased about at the time. Things are bad for Tesla, after all.

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz slammed the reports, claiming he hoped they would "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot" after the amount of money spent to operate the station.

Even Boeing weighed in on the situation.

The transition of the station would mark another bold step for Nasa in turning over access to what's known as low Earth orbit to the private sector so that the space agency could focus its resources on exploring deep space.

"Obviously we don't know the plans that the United States has announced since it's just an idea but I don't think we should just meet that as, "it's a negative thing". If the BEAM testing is successful, the company would be able to launch much more cubic footage into space per launch compared with the modules that make up the ISS. WFIRST was a mission that the National Academies of Science listed as the decade's No. 1 priority for future NASA astrophysics missions. What happens after that is the big debate, knowing that abandoning it would be a complete waste.