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Trump plans to privatise ISS

Trump plans to privatise ISS

The NASA document indicates the administration "will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry" as it hammers out a fuller plan.

It continues, "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 Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

The plan to privatize the station is likely to run into a wall of opposition, especially since the United States has spent almost $100 billion to build and operate it. He said the decision was the result of "numbskulls" at the Office of Management and Budget.

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.

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".

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In a video that he posted on Twitter, he said, "I haven't generalised or have been xenophobic". He was quoted saying, "We are dependent on north Indians and this is what they do".

Nasa is now studying the feasibility of extending the life of the ISS to 2028, and possibly beyond, with the White House urging the space agency to focus on landing on the moon again in preparation for further deep space missions. As the Guardian noted, since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 NASA has no means to get astronauts into space and now relies on Russian Soyuz rockets to get them to the ISS; private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin won't launch manned missions to low Earth orbit until this September at the earliest.

Aeronautics giant Boeing now operates the station - which weighs roughly 460 tons - on behalf of NASA. And as The Verge points out, there are several other reasons why this idea will see opposition, but ironically, one of the stand-out points is that losing access to the ISS could actually harm the commercial space industry, which has been using the ISS to test new technologies and equipment, launch probes, and create ...

According to a report from the Washington Post, such a proposition is at hand.

After a transition period, the government would end direct support after 2024, the newspaper said, citing NASA documents.

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.


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