Saturday, 23 June, 2018

NASA looks at commercial side of International Space Station, seeks business partners

Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev Majority of Americans believe it is essential that the US remain a global leader in space
Cary Marshall | 08 June, 2018, 12:56

NASA will launch a new rotation of crew members to the International Space Station Wednesday morning. This crew will be comprised of Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency.

Recently the new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated that the International Space Station, the space agency's floating laboratory in space, might receive more private and less government investment in the future.

ISS residents' missions typically last five to six months.

Forty-seven percent say conducting basic scientific research to increase the knowledge of space is top priority, followed by developing technologies that are adaptable for various uses (41 percent), doing research on the effects of space travel on health (38 percent), and searching for materials and resources to be used on Earth (34 percent).

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The livestream above, courtesy of NASA TV's public streaming service, began coverage at 11.15pm BST straight from the Kazakhstani Cosmodrome. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December. Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants.

The capsule has already made several trips to and from the space station, taking supplies and other cargo.

SpaceX is aiming to play a part in helping NASA to return human spaceflight launches to American soil while ferrying astronauts to and from the ISS, while its long-term goal is to build a reliable, reusable, and cost-effective rocket system for far more ambitious journeys to Mars and beyond.

"Strong public support that the USA should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups".

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