NASA Is Planning To Privatize International Space Station

This uncrewed cargo mission plans to deliver three tons of food fuel and other supplies

That's according to The Washington Post, which says it's obtained a NASA document that outlines plans for privatization when the US government stops funding the station in 2025.

The idea of handing the keys to the space station over to a private company is still in the early stages, according to the Washington Post.

"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".

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has ripped plans to defund the space station, hoping those reports "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot" and calling Office of Management and Budget decision-makers "numbskulls", according to the Post.

A spokesperson from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said: 'During the launch, an order was made for the engines to be automatically turned off. An optimistic guess could be that the ISS goes to a company that continues the station's scientific research for its own commercial purposes, but a much more pessimistic guess could involve the passing of the ISS to real estate developers, to convert the station into a gaudy space resort for the super rich (Russia already wants to build a luxury wing on the ISS for rich tourists).

Frank Slazer, the vice president of space systems for the Aerospace Industries Association, said the plan also could prove sticky with the station's worldwide partners.

A Russian rocket destined for the International Space Station (ISS) cancelled its lift off just seconds before it was supposed to blast into the sky. "It's inherently always going to be an worldwide construct that requires USA government involvement and multinational cooperation".

Aeronautics giant Boeing now operates the station - which weighs roughly 460 tons - on behalf of NASA.

The internal NASA document has scant details over how the privatization of the station would work.

The space station is a joint effort between several space agencies from around the world.

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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. Under President George W. Bush, NASA took the first steps to outsource cargo supply flights to the station to SpaceX and Orbital ATK.

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