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Commercial ISS Space Ops: Just Bring Money. Lot's Of Money

By Marc Boucher
June 5, 2018
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Commercial ISS Space Ops: Just Bring Money. Lot's Of Money

NASA’s new administrator says he’s talking to companies about taking over operations of the International Space Station, Washington Post
NASA is talking to several international companies about forming a consortium that would take over operation of the International Space Station and run it as a commercial space lab, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an interview.
‘We’re in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station,’ Bridenstine said in his first extensive interview since being sworn in as NASA administrator in April. ‘I’ve talked to many large corporations that are interested in getting involved in that through a consortium, if you will.’
Marc’s note: The annual maintenance cost of the ISS per the article is about $3 – $4 billion in today’s dollars. While the idea of the commercial sector taking over operations of the space station isn’t a bad idea, I’ve yet to hear anyone present a business case that makes this work. I look forward to reading and evaluating any credible plan put forward.
Keith’s Note: There is nothing new in this article other than a Bridenstine quote or two. This topic has been openly debated since the FY 2019 budget proposal was issued by the White House in January. Here are a few of our posts:
Senators Tell White House: We Decide The Future Of ISS, earlier post
If CASIS Is How NASA Will Commercialize ISS That Plan Will Fail, earlier post
NASA OIG Delivers Blunt Reality Check On NASA’s Faith-Based ISS Plans, earlier post
NASA Quietly Submits ISS Transition Plan To Congress (Update), earlier post
Senators Blast NASA and OMB Over Future Of ISS, earlier post
Is Privatizing ISS A Smart Thing To Do?, earlier post
NASA Budget Document Overlooks Multiple Advisory Group Findings and Recommendations on the ISS, earlier post
ISS After 2025: Is CASIS The Solution Or The Problem?, earlier post
White House Plan To Defund ISS By 2025 Moves Ahead, earlier post
China Is Seeking Users For Their New Space Station, earlier post

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