The US will stop funding the ISS. The station is too expensive for the state
Trump Slashes Funding for International Space Station (ISS)
18 years International space station was the center of scientific collaboration. Provided the constant presence of man and the implementation of thousands of scientific experiments in space. But the lab cost $100 billion cannot live forever, and now President Donald Trump’s proposal enters the arena of debate, according to which he calls for the withdrawal of federal funding by 2025.
The idea of stopping the US investment will help save $ 3 billion annually. Today the work is carried out in partnership with Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan. The main question in the case of implementation of the plans is the following: who will become the legal successor of the already created legacy and who will be able to take over the management. Trump administration bets on private enterprise.
The proposed scenario will focus on work on a lunar orbital platform, as well as the return of American astronauts to the moon in 2020 year. The option of using the funds as the basis for financing expeditions to Mars in the next decade is also being considered..
NASA Administrator Jim Bridestine noted the following: «I believe that a commercial consortium may well manage the work. If we can make this transition, then the money we are in present time we spend on the ISS, they can really go back on track and take us to the lunar surface».
Trump also asked Congress for $ 150 million to promote new commercial developments in space. The plan has many opponents who see no prospect of making Earth orbit commercially viable by 2025..
One such skeptic is NASA Inspector General Paul Martin: «We are wondering if there is a sufficiently effective plan whereby private companies can develop self-sustaining and profitable businesses regardless of federal funding over the next six years.».
Earlier, we wrote about how three space companies have teamed up to make space tourism affordable..
text: Evgeniya Likhodey, photo: Roscosmos