In a New York Times editorial, former astronaut Mark Kelly wrote that cutting funding for the ISS would be a "step backward for the space agency and certainly not in the best interest of the country". Cruz stated that the idea would be down to "numskulls", and he hoped the reports would "prove as unfounded as Bigfoot".
Moreover, an global partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the ISS, and therefore, the Trump administration's plant to turn it into a commercially-run venture might face objections from other space agency partners.
'As a fiscal conservative, you know one of the dumbest things you can do is cancel programs after billions in investment when there is still serious usable life ahead, ' argued Cruz, according to the Post.
NASA is now studying whether the life of the station could be extended to 2028, or beyond, and he said any decision should hinge on that report. Anyone who would take the station over would either need to understand that, or refit it for another objective - namely as a base of operations ahead of jumping out further into our solar system.
The global agreements that the USA is involved in regarding the ISS could also pose a difficulty in attempts of privatisation. "It's inherently always going to be an global construct that requires U.S. government involvement and multinational cooperation". The current annual tab is between $3 and $4 billion.
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The administration of US President Donald Trump wants to privatise the International Space Station (ISS) and cut off federal funding for the lab within a few years.
The station has allowed worldwide crews - notably in collaboration with the Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies - to pursue scientific research in the environment of a low Earth orbit.
Will The International Space Station Really Go Private?
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. First of all, the steep costs of maintaining and operating the station will likely never lead to profits. Subcontractor operations gained momentum during the Obama presidency. The proposal envisions an environment where NASA is "one of many customers of a non-governmental human space flight managed and operated enterprise" at the ISS.
It didn't immediately propose what private enterprise might do with the station or what companies might take it over.