• Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

NASA’s International Space Station to Retire by 2030; New Private Space Station on Horizon to Replace

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Advancing the Future of Space Exploration: Blue Origin & Sierra Space’s Next Chapter

NASA is planning to retire the International Space Station (ISS) by 2030, as it has become too old to continue operating. The Biden administration has committed to keeping it operational until then, but after that, the ISS will disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere and fall into the ocean. In recent years, the ISS has faced numerous problems such as cracks, air leaks, toilet failures, temperature variations, and oxygen supply system failures.

To replace the ISS, NASA is developing a new privately-owned space station called the Orbital Reef. This space station is expected to have critical technologies like a regenerative system that recycles astronaut urine. This will provide clean air and drinking water for astronauts aboard the space station. Recycling urine and other waste helps reduce costs and the amount of supplies that need to be launched into space.

NASA has awarded funding to companies like Blue Origin and Sierra Space to develop commercialized space stations in low-Earth orbit. These space stations could potentially replace the ISS in the future. This outsourcing of space station development allows NASA to focus on bigger priorities such as establishing a permanent human presence on the moon through Artemis missions.

By retiring the ISS, NASA will free up resources to focus on lunar missions such as building a space station in lunar orbit and a base on the lunar surface. The projected cost of these missions is estimated to be $93 billion between 2012 and 2025, not including launch costs. Moving forward, NASA plans to work with industry partners to ensure competition, reduce costs, and meet demand for space stations from NASA and other customers.

By Samantha Jones

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