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WH Considers Space Station Privatization

WH Considers Space Station Privatization
: In this NASA handout photo astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., STS-116 mission specialist, prepares to replace a faulty TV camera on the exterior of the International Space Station during the mission's first of three planned sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA) on December 12, 2006 while in flight. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 11 February 2018 12:40 PM EST

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 decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be de-orbited 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," according to a NASA document obtained by The Washington Post. "NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit."

A Trump administration budget request to be unveiled Monday includes $150 million in 2019 and more in years before 2025 "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 document reportedly added.

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.

"As a fiscal conservative, you know one of the dumbest things you can to is cancel programs after billions in investment when there is still serious usable life ahead," Cruz told the Post.

"I think all of us are open to reasonable proposals that are cost effective and that are utilizing the investments we made in a way that maximize their effectiveness."

The plans to capitalize on space privatization are still in the works and the White House "will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry," according to the Post.

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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 decision to end...
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