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NASA’s Retirement of the ISS Marks New Chapter in Space Station Development: From Public to Private Ownership and Beyond

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Advancing the Future of Space Exploration: Blue Origin & Sierra Space’s Next Chapter

NASA has announced its plans to retire the International Space Station (ISS) by 2030, as it is getting older and facing numerous problems including cracks, air leaks, toilet failures, temperature variations, and oxygen supply system failures. The Biden administration has committed to keeping the ISS operational until at least 2030. In the meantime, NASA aims to transition to privately owned space stations, with the decommissioned ISS set to disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere and fall into the ocean.

To make this transition possible, NASA has been working on developing new technologies for privately owned space stations. One such project is the Orbital Reef, which has passed key milestones in developing critical technologies like a regenerative urine recycling system. This system will provide clean air and drinking water for astronauts aboard the space station, reducing costs and waste by recycling urine and other waste.

NASA has also awarded funding to companies like Blue Origin and Sierra Space to develop commercialized space stations in low-Earth orbit, which could potentially replace the ISS in the future. This outsourcing of space station development allows NASA to focus on bigger priorities like establishing a permanent human presence on the moon through its Artemis missions.

By retiring the ISS, NASA will free up resources to focus on lunar missions like building a space station in lunar orbit and a base on the lunar surface. The projected cost of these missions is estimated to be $93 billion between 2012 and 2025, not including launch costs. Moving forward, NASA plans to work with industry partners to ensure competition, reduce costs, and meet demand for space stations from NASA and other customers.

By Samantha Nguyen

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