White House Calls For End to ISS Funding in 2025

NASA           NASA Space Station On Orbit Status 24 January 2018- First Spacewalk of 2018 Completed

NASA contributes between $3 billion and $4 billion to the International Space Station every year, according to The Verge.

NASA already has begun talks with space station partners on the cislunar outpost known as the Deep Space Gateway, which is likely to be built in cooperation with Russian Federation and other nations.

As of now, the USA government spends about $3bn (£2.1bn) to $4bn a year on the ISS, representing a total investment of over $87bn in the project that has spanned over 20 years now.

The report mentions that the ISS' end of operational lifetime is set to happen in 2028, and commercial space companies and researchers would like Nasa to continue funding it till then.

NASA spends about $4 billion annually to support the International Space Station and its astronauts living there, and the agency spent almost $100 billion over more than a decade to construct the station. The Office of Management and Budget announced January 24 that the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal will be released no earlier than February 12, one week later than planned due to the aftereffects of the government shutdown from January 20 through 22.

In 2014, the Obama administration extended ISS funding until 2024.

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The objective of the bill was to free up the $3-4bn a year Nasa spends on ISS - a total of $87bn USA investment - to develop Nasa's own spacecraft and research capabilities.

US President Donald Trump did sign a bill in March 2017 regarding transitioning ISS away from Nasa authority and funding, but the agency has not released information on that and has not responded to a request for comment on the matter as yet. Companies like SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp are paid billions to fly cargo and supplies there.

Eric Stallmer, the president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, said that he looks "forward to working with the administration on a transition plan for the station that includes the commercial sector playing a vital role". But according to The Verge, "canceling the ISS too early without a viable replacement could lead to a gap of human activities in lower Earth orbit".

"There's no question the ISS is a huge financial albatross around NASA's neck", he said.

To compensate for the lack of space shuttles, the plan was to get private companies involved. NASA is working with worldwide partners to develop a Deep Space Gateway, a space station that would orbit near the moon to help prepare for deep space missions. One of them is even attached to the station now, as a test site.

In the same appearance, he also touched upon the future of the ISS.

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