Trump plans to privatise ISS

Russian rocket launch cancelled just seconds before take off

Russian rocket launch cancelled just seconds before take off

The White House is reportedly in the process of working on a transition plan and aims to stop funding the space station from 2024.

The NASA document says that ending federal support of the ISS doesn't mean it will necessarily come down, as "it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements of capabilities of the ISS of a future commercial platform".

All or part of the ISS has been in low Earth orbit since 1998 and the station has been continuously inhabited since 2000.

A budget request to be issued today by the Trump administration will call for YSD 150 million to be spent on the ISS in the 2019 fiscal year, and more in succeeding years, "to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS are operational when they are needed". Now though, as new documents reveal, the White House has taken this a step further with plans to sell it into the private sector to the highest bidder.

The Trump administration wants to cut off funding to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 - when it could hand the laboratory over to a private company.

According to Space.com, NASA spokesman Rob Navias said: 'The countdown ended just seconds before liftoff with an abort command that was sent from the blockhouse at Baikonur'. The document also said that NASA will be expanding its worldwide and commercial partnerships in the next seven years to "ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit". Cruz stated that the idea would be down to "numskulls", and he hoped the reports would "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot".

"As a fiscal conservative, you know one of the dumbest things you can to is cancel programs after billions in investment when there is still serious usable life ahead", Sen.

NASA is still looking into the ISS' shelf-life and, as part of its research, believes it could still be serviceable until 2028.

Less clear is how such a plan would be coordinated with the station's worldwide partners.

For the sake of the United States, the Earth, and the future, hopefully, the Trump Administration does not move forward with the plan to turn over the International Space Station to the private sector. "It is the intent of NASA and the Administration to maintain seamless access to a human platform in LEO that meets NASA's and the Nation's goals", the document states.

Boeing has helped manage the ISS for more than 20 years and space station manager Mark Mulqueen warned against privatisation.

"The ISS is built for science and human exploration, it's not built for profit-seeking", said Andrew Rush, the chief executive of Made In Space, which manufactures objects for the space station using 3-D printing.

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