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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #60 on: 06/20/2018 02:29 AM »
More highlights from the Senate Report:

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Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development [LEO].—The Committee supports maintaining the International Space Station [ISS] with direct Federal funding beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s objectives in LEO. The Committee supports public-private partnerships to advance commercial capabilities in LEO, particularly those involving in-kind contributions by NASA, such as making a docking node on the ISS available for partnership opportunities. The agreement provides $40,000,000 for port implementation analysis and power augmentation studies necessary to enable potential future commercial activities at the ISS.
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #61 on: 09/29/2018 01:59 AM »
A CR and a mini-bus was signed into law today (CJS which includes NASA is under a CR):
https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395419

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #62 on: 09/29/2018 08:43 PM »
More highlights from the Senate Report:

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Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development [LEO].—The Committee supports maintaining the International Space Station [ISS] with direct Federal funding beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s objectives in LEO.

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but what are "NASA’s objectives in LEO"?

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The Committee supports public-private partnerships to advance commercial capabilities in LEO, particularly those involving in-kind contributions by NASA, such as making a docking node on the ISS available for partnership opportunities. The agreement provides $40,000,000 for port implementation analysis and power augmentation studies necessary to enable potential future commercial activities at the ISS.

This one is interesting, since it implies that some degree of future commercial interest would be moderated by a lack of physical access to the ISS.

I wonder if they have actual examples of such interest, or they are just trying to make sure the ISS is as available as possible for potential commercial users?
If we don't continuously lower the cost to access space, how are we ever going to afford to expand humanity out into space?

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #63 on: 10/10/2018 06:08 PM »
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but what are "NASA’s objectives in LEO"?

NASA's ISS Transition report addresses their ongoing requirements in LEO, albeit vaguely: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/iss_transition_report_180330.pdf

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This one is interesting, since it implies that some degree of future commercial interest would be moderated by a lack of physical access to the ISS.

I wonder if they have actual examples of such interest, or they are just trying to make sure the ISS is as available as possible for potential commercial users?

Axiom has been arguing for some time - going back to the Obama administration IIRC - for NASA to make a "spare" ISS port available for a company to attach a commercial module to. The idea would be to start with a commercial module attached to ISS then evolve to a dedicated commercial platform. I think other companies are interested as well - perhaps Bigelow and/or Nanoracks.

I can't remember which hearing it was, but recently Suffredini expressed some frustration in congressional testimony that NASA has yet to decide or announce how they would competitively award such an opportunity after years of talking about it. 

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