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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. The Trump administration is planning to end funding for the International Space Station (ISS) and turn it into a self-supporting commercial venture, according to a Nasa document obtained by the Washington Post. It's not clear how putting the station in private hands would work, since the ISS is an global program involving a number of other countries. The internal NASA document included few details of exactly how the privatisation of the station would work. "NASA will expand worldwide and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit". GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said last week he hopes reports about the possibility of ending funding "prove as unfounded as 'Bigfoot'". The Siver Times http://thesivertimes.com/2018/02/12/the-...space.html

http://thesivertimes.com/2018/02/12/the-...space.html

The Post reported that the White House will request $150 million from Congress for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 in order to "to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS —potentially including elements of the ISS — are operational when they are needed."

The plan does not elaborate on which companies might be interested in the station or how the station might be used in the future.

All or part of the ISS has been in low Earth orbit since 1998 and the station has been continuously inhabited since 2000. There are six astronauts currently aboard the ISS — two Russians, three Americans and one from Japan.

The ISS, which functions as a kind of floating laboratory, is operated currently by Boeing on behalf of NASA at a cost of between $3 billion and $4 billion.

http://thesivertimes.com/2018/02/12/the-...space.html
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(02-12-2018, 12:29 PM)titanic1 Wrote: [ -> ]Trump

Boo.
Yes it is unfortunate but you have to cut back the deficit is too high for these giveaway programs, the days of the US sending scads of money to help out other countries are coming to an end
While we need to cutback NASA funding for the time being, privatizing will only increase costs, as it has done everywhere else.

Then, once the Russians and Chinese beat us to Mars, and colonize it, we'll be shit out of luck.
(02-12-2018, 04:39 PM)KillTheCarnage Wrote: [ -> ]While we need to cutback NASA funding for the time being, privatizing will only increase costs, as it has done everywhere else.  

Then, once the Russians and Chinese beat us to Mars, and colonize it, we'll be shit out of luck.

The other worry I have is though I like Elon Musk,

We already know how Bezos runs his plantation, and Musk may loose interest.

We need to maintain a public Space Program.

If it's just the space station, that might be fine for now, but Trumps PPP (public private partnership) ideas regarding infrastructure and common-wealth property are going to get some comments from me tomorrow, after I see the plan.

Chuckle