Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's newly released 2019 budget proposal seeks to end USA government funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025.
The space agency next year would invest $150 million as an initial investment in commercial capabilities that by 2025 would provide a "seamless transition" from NASA's existing ISS program.
The station's first component was launched in 1998, and construction continued until the end of the USA space shuttle programme in 2011.
Nasa has spent around 100 billion dollars (£71 billion) on developing the low orbit satellite, of which the first parts were launched in 1998.
NASA now spends about $3 billion a year on station operations and support, maintaining the U.S. segment of the outpost, supplying spare parts and other critical cargo and buying seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft to ferry U.S., European, Canadian and Japanese astronauts to and from the outpost.
In total, the Trump administration requested $19.6 billion from Congress for 2019. Mike Suffredini, a former space station program manager for NASA who now runs Axiom Space in Houston and aims to establish the world's first commercial space station cautioned that the USA government needs to have a direct hand in the International Space Station until it comes down. It would be dubbed the Commercial LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) Development program.
His plans for ISS and the Nasa space programme were unveiled in his 2019 budget proposal.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, made it clear last week that he opposes any plan to terminate the International Space Station as long as it can be productively operated.
The administration is working on a transition plan that "could turn the station over to the private sector", the report said. So even if Trump is elected to a second term in 2020, astronauts won't actually visit the lunar surface until a new president has taken office. Andrew Rush, chief executive of 3-D printing company Made In Space, said plainly that the ISS isn't built for profit seeking. SpaceX and Orbital ATK have been making deliveries since 2012, and Sierra Nevada Corp. will begin making shipments with its crew-less mini shuttles in a few years. Drug companies like Merck and Eli Lilly have used the space station to research medications. "It is the intent of NASA and the Administration to maintain seamless access to a human platform in LEO that meets NASA's and the Nation's goals", the document states. WFIRST was a mission that the National Academies of Science listed as the decade's No. 1 priority for future NASA astrophysics missions.
NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, called the plan "very exciting" with lots of potential, despite what he said were some hard decisions that went into it.