NASA has said in a statement that they have started to talk with several international companies to have a consortium which would be taken over the operation of the International Space Station. ISS was running as a commercial space lab, said by Jim Bridenstine.
As per Bridenstine, he said that they are in a position from where the people who have the commercial management at the International Space station. He said this statement in an exclusive interview in April after he was sworn in as NASA administrator. He added by saying that he has already in talks with many large international companies and they have shown a keen interest in getting involved with the help of consortium.
The White House has already got into a heated discussion about the future of the orbiting laboratory in the space earlier this year. The White House is now planning to end direct government funding for the ISS by the year 2025, and it has worked on the transition plan to turn the station into a private sector.
The members of the Congress said that they would be opposing any plan which mainly aims to end the station’s life prematurely. Till now it seems to be unclear that who would be taking over the operations of the station. To run the ISS, NASA needs about $3 billion to $4 billion per year. This space station is run with the help of international partnership which includes Russia, Canada, Japan, US and European Space Agency. International Space Station is an orbiting laboratory which flies around 250 miles above the Earth surface, and it is in continuously inhabited with astronauts since the year 2000.