NASA asks commercial space companies to develop space stations

The ISS is due for replacement in 2028, and NASA hopes to find suitable successors through commercial companies. In addition to Blue Origin, which will receive $130 million for the work, Northrop Grumman ($125.6 million) and Nanoracks ($160 million).

The US space agency is increasingly seeking private sector help to develop rockets, spacecraft and stations in a bid to cut costs. In addition, NASA can better focus on its own objectives, such as a manned mission to Mars.

Blue Origin collaborates with Sierra Space to de Coral reefs Develop a space station to be ready in the second half of this decade and capable of accommodating ten people. The space station has also been described as a “space activity park”.

Meanwhile, Nanoracks is working on building starlab-The space station, which is supposed to be operational by 2027. The station will include a large inflatable habitat, a robotic cargo arm and a research laboratory. There should also be a section for tourism. Previously, Axiom Space had already received $140 million from NASA to work on a new space station.

None of the companies disclosed the cost of the space stations. NASA’s financial commitment must not exceed 40% of the total costs.

The International Space Station (ISS) was launched on November 20, 1998, and was a collaboration between the United States and Russia. The Russians had their first permanently manned space station, Mir, but by the 1990s they lacked the money to operate it at full capacity. The International Space Station is not cheap either: so far, its construction and maintenance have cost more than 150 billion euros.

The space station is operated by an international partnership of five space agencies from fifteen different countries. Since November 2000, the station has been operated continuously by a rotating international crew of seven astronauts. They see the sun rise every 90 minutes: The International Space Station circles the Earth sixteen times in 24 hours, at a distance of nearly four hundred kilometers.

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