The new administrator of NASA mentions a discussion with companies for the commercial management of the ISS. NASA take steps towards the privatization of the ISS.
“We are now at a stage where there are people outside who can take care of the commercial management of the International Space Station,” Jim Bridenstine told The Wall Street Journal. Also, the NASA administrator added that he had spoken to “many large companies” that are interested in getting involved in such a project through a consortium. Which companies exactly? It’s a mystery right now.
The ISS formalizes an international partnership of sixteen countries and space agencies, including the American, Russian, European (eleven countries), Japanese, Canadian, and Brazilian space agencies.
ISS is mainly financed by the United States and Russia
ISS total cost operational cost exceeds $100 billion, a huge sum which is mainly paid by NASA, the US space agency, and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.
The World Street Journal also writes that NASA invests between 3 and 4 billion US dollars each year in the imposing space laboratory.
ISS assembly in orbit began in 1998 and, as we speak, the ISS is about 400 km above Earth and travels at 28,000 km/h.
NASA administrator talked about the privatizations of the ISS
This issue of privatization of the ISS is not a surprise as it had already been raised by the White House earlier this year, with the end of public funding by 2025.
However, particularly given the international nature of the ISS, Jim Bridenstine acknowledges that companies may have difficulty “finalizing an economic model.”
Meanwhile, an American astronaut, a German astronaut, and a Russian cosmonaut took off yesterday today from Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, to join the ISS, which has been continuously inhabited since late 2000. The three astronauts will conduct more than 60 experiments in ISS laboratories. Read more about the Horizons mission here.
In conclusion, the US seems closer to the privatization of the ISS, a project that would indeed lower the expenses of NASA which could redirect funds to other missions.
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