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The white house plans to transfer space station in the hands of entrepreneurs. As writes the newspaper the Washington Post, citing documents NASA, the US President Donald trump wants to stop funding ISS in 2025 to release funds for the resumption of flights to the moon.
The document notes that the space Agency will expand partnerships with international and commercial organizations over the next seven years. This will ensure permanent access to the ISS and the presence of humans in earth orbit, even in the absence of financing from the Federal budget.
At the same time, the idea of privatization of the ISS is criticized even conservative politicians. So, the Senator from Texas Ted Cruz believes that in this case the United States will lose nearly $ 100 billion spent on the construction and operation of the ISS.
In addition, it is unknown exactly how expensive station designed for scientific research may be of interest to the private sector. Another problem for the complete conversion of the ISS into a commercial project are international agreements involving the United States.
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