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posted by martyb on Monday August 22 2016, @10:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the Privatized-International-Space-Station-==-PISS? dept.

NASA may sell/lease parts of the International Space Station in the next decade:

NASA has signalled its intention to offload the International Space Station (ISS) some time in the 2020s. News of the sale appeared in the video below, at about the 14:15 mark [YouTube] when Bill Hill, NASA's deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, ponders the ISS' role in future missions.

"Ultimately our desire is to hand the space station to either a commercial entity or some other commercial capability so that research can continue in low-Earth orbit. We figure that will be around the mid-20s."

Hill and the other speakers in the video explain how NASA is preparing for a crewed Mars mission and outline how the agency is now well and truly in the market for ideas about how to get it done.

Also at SpaceFlight Insider and TechCrunch.

Related:
Russia to Build New Space Station with NASA after ISS
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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday August 22 2016, @04:08PM

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Monday August 22 2016, @04:08PM (#391700) Journal

    Title: "Intends to Privatize"
    Quote: "Ultimately our desire is to hand the space station to either a commercial entity or some other commercial capability"

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by bob_super on Monday August 22 2016, @07:10PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Monday August 22 2016, @07:10PM (#391820)

    Hey, I've seen that one before!
      - Build off public funds
      - Exploit and "maintain" while sucking all the profits to a private corp
      - Come crying to the government(s) to do cleanup because otherwise the Children Might Be In Danger
      - Either let garbage lie at the bottom of the ocean, or resell pieces, depending on whether you filed for bankruptcy in the previous step.

    Come to think of it, I've seen that one too many times to still be on the wrong side of it...

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday August 22 2016, @07:46PM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Monday August 22 2016, @07:46PM (#391842) Journal

      This is really not that bad. There's another option that has been considered: let it deorbit and burn. If someone can do something useful with the ISS that doesn't involve destroying it, the countries involved should let it happen, for a reasonable fee.

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