Trump administration looking to end ISS funding by 2025

Trump administration looking to end ISS funding by 2025

The International Space Station has been continuously occupied since 2000.

But in order to do that, they need money.

NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, speaking at the CSIS event January 18, said that the 2019 budget proposal would contain details about the plan to implement the administration's directive to return to the moon, but offered no details.

Funding for the International Space Station amounts to $125 Billion annually, which is shared between all participating countries.

The official White House budget proposal will be released February 12, and subsequent congressional hearings on the budget should provide a clearer picture of the International Space Station's future. Congress asked NASA to look at extending the support of the International Space Station through 2028.

The answer appears to be maybe. This would also hurt the commercial side of spaceflight. A variety of commercial space ventures have been pushing for greater clarity about NASA's plans so they know what's likely to get funded during a given time frame.

"SpaceX and Boeing will each have a crew-capsule in operation".

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Bigelow already has a prototype inflatable module attached to the ISS.

"At Axiom Space, we're building the first commercial space station", said Amir Blachman, vice president of strategic development for Axiom Space, during a panel discussion at the Space Tech Summit in San Mateo, California, Jan. 24. Many of NASA's partners are not now signed on to continue supporting our space program past 2024 with the help of an Obama-era extension, and this budget proposal doesn't exactly encourage them to continue the relationship. Ending the station's funding in 2025 would end those partnerships.

According to the leaked budget, the Trump administration expects NASA to send landers and "transportation services" to the moon by the early 2020s. However, they may not be ready to do this by 2024. Bill Nelson, D-Florida [VIDEO]has declared that he will fight, which seems to be a default setting for the senator on every issue ranging from offshore drilling to the appointment of Jim Bridenstine as NASA administrator.

The problem is this - Many commercial space companies want NASA to continue funding the ISS through 2028, the year many people consider to be the end of the useful life of the station.

But for all the talk about pulling support from the space station, the White House is on the record with its support of maintaining a human presence in low Earth orbit, the neighborhood in space that the station inhabits.

It's also possible that this plan could have the opposite effect.

As well as experiments with microgravity, biology, physics, astronomy and meteorology, the ISS is used to test equipment and spacecraft systems required for deep space missions, to the Moon and Mars.

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