Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

US privatise International Space Station

US privatise International Space Station

Wanting to reinvigorate - and fund - new space exploration, which has been hit by decades of stagnation and planned government spending cuts, President Donald Trump's administration will reportedly be working to privatize the International Space Station.

"It is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform", the paper said.

That's according to The Washington Post, which says it's obtained a NASA document that outlines plans for privatization when the USA government stops funding the station in 2025.

The US plan, the paper said, involves privatising the ISS, a low-orbit space station piloted by the US space agency NASA and developed jointly with its Russian counterpart.

Under the plan, the White House would fund the station as normal through 2024, but at the same time "expand worldwide and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit".

Reports have circulated for several weeks that the USA government was planning to halt Nasa spending on the programme after 2024 and save up to $4 billion each year.

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The United States spent almost $US100 billion to build and operate it the ISS and any sell off would likely face strong opposition. Ted Cruz (R-TX), per the Post, got pretty animated last week when he was discussing talk of such a proposal at the Federal Aviation Administration's Commercial Space Transportation Conference. "It's inherently always going to be an worldwide construct that requires US government involvement and multinational cooperation".

"It will be very hard to turn ISS into a truly commercial outpost because of the global agreements that the United States is involved in", he said. Andrew Rush, chief executive of 3-D printing company Made In Space, said plainly that the ISS isn't built for profit seeking.

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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. It's also worth noting that anything like this is far from becoming a reality.

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