The administration of Donald Trump, the US president intends to stop the financing of the International Space Station since 2025 from the federal budget and turn it over to the private sector as The Washington Post reported citing NASA.
'The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time — it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform', the message said.
It is expected that Trump's administration would request 150 million dollars in the fiscal year 2019 from draft budget to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities.
The Washington Post forecasts that the plan of the privatization of the station will run into a wall of opposition as the US spent about 100 billion dollars for the construction and exploitation of the ISS.
'One of the dumbest things you can do is cancel programs with the billions of investments when there is still serious usable life ahead', Ted Cruz, the US Senator from Texas said.
In its turn, Deutsche Welle reported that the intentions of the Trump's administration are directly connected to the Ukrainian rocket-and-space sphere. The elements of the Antares booster are produced at the 'Yuzhmash' and 'Yuzhne' in Dnipro. At the moment, the rocket vehicle Antares is exploited only for the delivery of the useful cargos to the ISS within the American part of the international program.