Fall of an Empire? US may stop contributions to International Space Station

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January 25 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

KtovKurse – by Inessa Sinchougova

The administration of President of the United States proposes to stop the financing of the International Space Station (ISS) by NASA by 2025, writes the American publication The Verge.

The announced initiative is included in the draft federal budget, which is expected to be announced on February 12.

The draft may be edited before its official publication. However, two sources assured that the item on stopping the financing of the ISS will be retained.

The draft budget for the next financial year is subject to approval in Congress. They have until February 8 to complete the work on a full-fledged federal budget, which is to be adopted at the end of the current financial year. In the US, it begins on October 1.

Since 2011, the United States has written off its fleet of space shuttles – the delivery of crews to the International Space Station and their return to Earth is handled by Russia. The United States rents space on the Soyuz spacecraft from Russia for its astronauts.

Private space companies, such as Space X, who make money bringing cargo deliveries to the ISS, as well as executing contracts for the ISS Boeing, may face a loss of orders and are protesting against the termination of the station’s financing in 2024-2025. They propose to extend the ISS service until at least 2028 – its maximum service life.

Operation of the ISS costs NASA $ 3-4 billion per year. The US space agency promised to finance this program until the end of 2024, but no further.

The first module of the ISS (“Dawn”) was launched and began operating in 1998. At present, the orbital complex consists of 14 modules, with 14 countries participating, representing, in addition to NASA and Roskosmos, the European, Japanese and Canadian space agencies. Russia spends an average of $ 1.5 billion a year to maintain the ISS and is most active in bringing crews and cargo into orbit.

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