NASA wants private companies to orbit the Earth with their own stations and be able to access them only “by renting or buying the goods and services they need.”
NASA has submitted a plan to smoothly transition low-Earth orbit capabilities to one or more privately owned and operated destinations by the end of this decade.
NASA ‘s goal is to be one of many customers of these private providers of orbital destinations , “buying only the goods and services the agency needs”.
The extension of operations of the current International Space Station (ISS) throughout this decade will also be aimed at the progressive privatization of low Earth orbit.
A decade of transition
NASA has already signed a contract for private modules to connect to a space station docking port and has awarded space law agreements for the design of three free-flying commercial space stations to replace the ISS in the next decade .
“The private sector is technically and financially capable of developing and operating commercial low-Earth orbit destinations, with the assistance of NASA . We look forward to sharing our lessons learned and operational experience with the private sector to help them develop safe, reliable space destinations. ” and profitable,” Phil McAlister, director of commercial space at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement.
“The report we have delivered to Congress outlines, in detail, our comprehensive plan to ensure a smooth transition to commercial destinations after the retirement of the International Space Station in 2030,” he explained. (EuropePress)