President Trump's proposed budget wants NASA out of the ISS

NASA budget proposal plans of NASA funding of ISS, seeks commercial transition

The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry.

The white house proposal released on Monday says, "The budget proposes to end direct USA financial support for the International Space Station in 2025, after which NASA would rely on commercial partners for its low Earth orbit research and technology demonstration requirements".

The station is a joint project of several space-faring nations, and NASA has contracted with private companies, like Boeing and SpaceX, to reach it in recent years.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, a former astronaut, said the proposed plan to stop funding the International Space Station "makes no sense".

The U.S. has contributed roughly $100 billion to the ISS since its creation in the 1990s.

The White House considered asking for $19.6 billion overall for NASA, 2.6% more than in the current fiscal year.

The space station now is authorized through 2024 and while many at NASA believe the outpost's lifetime could be extended at least another four years to 2028, no such decisions have been made by the United States and its worldwide partners - Russia, the European Space Agency, Canada and Japan.

"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, a company that uses 3-D printing to manufacture objects on the space station.

Elon Musk's SpaceX company and Orbital ATK have been delivering to the station since 2012.




He said the move would put the US on course to "do something exciting" in space for the first time in years, adding that his company is "ready" to partner with NASA on its moon efforts.

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

"The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time - it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform", the paper said, citing an internal memo from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

A Russian Progress cargo ship carrying three tons of supplies and equipment blasted off from Kazakhstan early Tuesday and set off after the International Space Station.

SpaceX and Boeing, meanwhile, are developing crew capsules to fly astronauts to and from the space station within the next year.

While the Trump budget plan says it places renewed support on returning humans to the moon, followed by human expeditions to Mars and elsewhere, few details are provided.

The ISS, which orbits some 400 kilometres above Earth, is now supported in a joint project by the U.S., Russian, Japanese and European space agencies.

NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, called the plan "very exciting" with lots of potential, despite what he said were some hard decisions that went into it.

The WFIRST telescope's cost estimates have ballooned to $3.6 billion and Hunter said it just got too expensive.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NZ vs England 4th Tri Series T20 match in numbers
Feb 15, 2018 - 07:06
Guptill and Williamson made up for the loss of Munro with an 82-run partnership, during which Guptill brought up his half-century. Instead, he was removed on 65, lazily working a leg-side full toss from Rashid to the returning Liam Plunkett at short-fine leg.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top IND vs SA 5th ODI Cricket Match Score 13th February 2017
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:23
The over hundred-run partnership between Amla and Elgar, which was threatening to take the match away from India , was broken. Live telecast: The match can be seen live on Sony Ten 1 (English commentary) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi commentary).

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea bomber sentenced to rot away in prison
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:18
But, he added, "I have come to understand why there is such a big frustration between Muslims overseas and the American people". While speaking in court Rahimi placed blame on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not acting on his father's warning.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 doubles down on Gigabit LTE
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:15
With this, Qualcomm also revealed a list of 18 OEMs who will be using the x50 modem and 5G technology in their upcoming hardware. At the beginning, as carriers start to roll out their 5G networks, 4G LTE is going to still be important for many mobile users.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Captures Record-Breaking Images
Feb 14, 2018 - 19:14
Until now, the photo was taken farther away from Earth than any image ever, a record that stood for more than 27 years. Were you impressed by New Horizons' achievement? It is now about 41 times as far from Earth as Earth is from the sun.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Clemson Projected As A 3 Seed In March
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:35
The committee is no longer using RPI top 50, top 100, top 200, and 201 and above as five dividing categories. Villanova was No. 1 in the East, Xavier tops in the Midwest Region and Purdue No. 1 in the West Region.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sixteen militants killed, 34 people arrested in major security operation: Egypt's military
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:32
Members of the armed forces are barred by law from expressing political opinions in Egypt. Konsowa said he had submitted his resignation to the army in 2014 and it was denied.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Kingdom threatens charity aid cut-off after Oxfam sex report
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:30
United Kingdom officials have said that Oxfam needs to hand over all its information on the issue in order to not lose funding. Ms Mordaunt's announcement comes as the Observer reports that Oxfam workers allegedly used prostitutes in Chad in 2006.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nationwide Pizza Day: Discovering Scrumptious Offers Is Simple-as-Pie
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:26
Pizza Hut lists its current deals on their website , including an online-only special for a $7.99 large two-topping pizza. Whole Foods: Large take-and-bake pizza for $9.99 in the prepared foods department.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Southampton boss Pellegrino: Stephens stepping up thanks to Van Dijk sale
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:22
Liverpool have officially named their starting side and substitutes to lock horns with Southampton in a Premier League clash at St Mary's this afternoon.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top UFC 221 results: Full winners, analysis and reaction from Romero vs. Rockhold
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:21
He connected with a double jab and then fired an overhand left that dropped Rockhold onto the seat of his trousers near the cage. A knee injury forced Rockhold to withdraw from a fight with Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza later that year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former Manchester United and A-League star dies aged 36
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:18
In an interview with Cork examiner in 2015, Miller said: "I genuinely look back and think "I played for Celtic , my boyhood club". Celtic said they were "deeply saddened" by the news and will hold a minute's silence before this weekend's game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1218 drones
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:16
Intel also adds that it will be putting on a live 300-drone show each evening of the Olympics for the day's medal ceremony. Each of Intel's foam and plastic drones is equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combos.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump trying to derail Russian Federation probe, say USA voters in poll
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:15
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a witch hunt and attacked top investigators in his own Justice Department. That stands in contrast to the majority of Americans, 56 percent, who say that Mueller has been fair during his probe so far.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Winter Olympics 2018: USA Men's Hockey Roster, Betting Odds For Pyeongchang
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:14
Three decades later, Jordan Greenway is part of the 0.008 percent of current college players who identify as African American. And the 6-foot-5, 230 pound forward was thrust further into the spotlight after winning gold at the World Juniors past year .