Trump proposes to privatize International Space Station by 2025

Trump proposes to privatize International Space Station by 2025

Trump proposes to privatize International Space Station by 2025

Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's newly released 2019 budget proposal seeks to end USA government funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025.

It was reported last month that Trump would request an end to ISS funding by 2025, which many have criticized as throwing a wrench in USA space exploration plans, as the ISS is the sole destination for US astronauts.

To do that, NASA is requesting a $150 million budget for fiscal year 2019 to "enable the development and maturation" of the commercial entities that will take part in the project and make sure the ISS will be fully operational until the turnover. Lightfoot noted this could mean a continued support of the Space Station or developing "stand-alone platforms" - presumably a new orbiting station developed and maintained by a private company. The United States has already spent about $100 billion to build and operate the station; NASA is studying whether its useful life could be extended to 2028 or beyond.

Almost half of the proposed $19.9 billion budget - $10.5 billion - is earmarked for "an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration and lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilisation followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations", according to a NASA overview.

It also calls for $10.5bn for "an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration" leading to "the return of humans to the moon for long-term exploration and utilization followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations", according to a Nasa review.

The space station is a joint effort between several space agencies from around the world.

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The budget to be proposed for NASA later today will offer some preliminary support for a lunar exploration program, but has no specific timelines for when humans might return to the surface of the Moon-nor funding to make such an ambitious undertaking happen.

"Their momentum continues this year toward the first integrated launch of the system in fiscal year 2020 around the Moon and a mission with crew in 2023", Lightfoot said. According to an internal NASA document acquired by The Washington Post, the ISS could transition from being used by the US government to becoming a privately-operated real estate venture.

Among the concerns amongst space experts about Trump's proposal are the legal liabilities an orbiting, inhabited space station could run into. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claimed his company is ahead of the rest of the space industry. President Barack Obama extended that model to hire Boeing and SpaceX to fly astronauts there.

According to the Washington Post report, the Trump administration wants to extend the public-private partnership one step further to encourage "the emergence of an environment in [low-Earth orbit] where NASA is one of many customers of a non-governmental human space flight managed and operated enterprise, while providing a smooth and uninterrupted transition".

The WFIRST was in line after the James Webb Space Telescope, which is going to be launched in 2019, as the next big thing in astronomy mission.

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