- NASA Watch
- September 29, 2023
NASA Quietly Submits ISS Transition Plan To Congress (Update)
Keith’s update: NASA quietly posted the International Space Station Transition Report pursuant to Section 303(c)(2) of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-10) a few days ago.
“This report responds to direction in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-10, hereafter “the Act”), Section 303(c)(1), to submit to Congress a report evaluating the International Space Station (ISS) as a platform for research, deep space exploration, and low-Earth orbit (LEO) spaceflight in partnership with its four foreign space agency partners, and the commercial space sector (see Appendix for text of the reporting requirement, excerpted from the Act).”
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Markup NASA Authorization Act of 2018
“TUESDAY, April 17, at 10 a.m. EDT, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will meet to consider the following legislation: H.R. 5503, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2018, introduced today by Rep. Brian Babin (R- Texas). The legislation authorizes the programs of NASA for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.”
Keith’s 13 April note: According to this text of HR 5503 the ISS Transition Report has been submitted to Congress. So when will NASA release it to the public?
Sec. 202. ISS Transition (a) Findings
“(4) The ISS transition report, submitted pursuant to section 50111(c)(2) of title 51, United States Code, provides an explanation of NASA’s plans to foster the development of private industry capabilities and private demand with a goal of ending direct NASA support for ISS operations by the end of fiscal year 2024.
(5) The plans laid out in the ISS transition report are conditionally flexible and require feedback to inform next steps. In addition, the feasibility of ending direct NASA support for ISS operations by the end of fiscal year 2024 is dependent on many factors, some of which are indeterminate until the Administration carries out the initial phases of the ISS transition plan.”
– What About That Space Station Transition Plan NASA?, earlier post
– Did NASA Deliver The ISS Transition Plan To Congress Required By Law? Update: No, earlier post
– Is NASA Going To Break The Law By Not Delivering An ISS Transition Plan To Congress?, earlier post
– Senators Blast NASA and OMB Over Future Of ISS, earlier post
– Is Privatizing ISS A Smart Thing To Do?, earlier post
– White House Plan To Defund ISS By 2025 Moves Ahead, earlier post
– Reaction To Proposed OMB Space Station Funding Cuts, earlier post