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    The question appears to have been answered. The ISS is about to become a tourist trap. No, seriously.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48560874
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    The question appears to have been answered. The ISS is about to become a tourist trap. No, seriously.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48560874
    Would they send paying customers when their American shuttle has hopefully just been approved for use!!!!
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    The Space Review has a article that covers more then the paying customers..

    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3731/1

    When NASA decided to announce its long-awaited new initiative to support commercial activities on the International Space Station and low Earth orbit, it eschewed NASA Headquarters or its other centers as the venue for its announcement. Instead, the agency went to New York City, holding the announcement at the Nasdaq exchange, a form of stage-setting to argue that the station was open for business.

    “Today is a very remarkable day,” Jeff DeWit, NASA’s chief financial officer, said at the briefing. “NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities, and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before.”

    What the agency rolled out over the course of an hour was a multi-step approach to stimulating both the demand for facilities like the ISS as well as the supply of future commercial facilities that NASA hopes will one day succeed the station.
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    And Popular Mechanics looks further into the future and looks at some concepts for space stations.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/spa...space-station/

    NASA reopened the International Space Station to space tourists last week, prompting a flurry of media attention and geek exuberance. The focus is on the opportunity for space tourists to visit ISS, a $35,000-a-night excursion for customers, but the part of the announcement that received less attention will likely have a bigger long-term impact: newly relaxed rules for-profit research done in orbit.

    Projecting these trends into the future is the only way to see what may be enabled by these changes. Of course, predicting the future of spaceflight has been a fool’s errand and invites future readers to laugh with well-earned derision, but let’s hit fast forward to imagine the future of space stations 5 and 10 years into the future.

    All of the business activities mentioned are based on current efforts, in and out of NASA while some are only used as examples of what’s possible, and should not be taken as an endorsement (but we think they're cool).
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    Looks like the USA will still have a space station after the ISS is decommissioned. Though it might be a military one.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Pe...ation_999.html

    The Defense Innovation Unit of the Pentagon announced a call for ideas for a small, autonomous military space station this week.

    The "solicitation brief," known in civilian circles as a request for proposal, seeks "solutions for a self-contained and free flying orbital outpost. The solution must be capable of supporting space assembly, microgravity experimentation, logistics and storage, manufacturing, training, test and evaluation, hosting payloads, and other functions."

    It specifies no more than 35 cubic feet of available experimentation space, indicating it is inappropriate for human habitation. The craft must be able to move in its own orbit, be made of material conducive to low Earth orbit, and be ready for flight two years after a contractor is chosen, the brief stipulates.

    The space station would be scalable, or expandable, with the capability of carrying attachments, such as an exterior robotic arm, and eventually, human passengers. The brief does not specifically address the craft's purpose, but appears to be a space station exclusively for military purposes
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    MOL won't die.

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    "NASA chief warns Congress about Chinese space station"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/N...ation_999.html

    NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers Wednesday it was crucial for the US to maintain a presence in Earth's orbit after the International Space Station is decommissioned so that China does not gain a strategic advantage.

    The first parts of the ISS were launched in 1998 and it has been continuously lived in since 2000.

    The station, which serves as a space science lab and is a partnership between the US, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, is currently expected to be operated until 2030.

    "I'll tell you one thing that has me very concerned -- and that is that a day is coming when the International Space Station comes to the end of its useful life," said Bridenstine.

    "In order to be able to have the United States of America have a presence in low Earth orbit, we have to be prepared for what comes next," he added.

    To that end, NASA has requested $150 million for the 2021 fiscal year to help develop the commercialization of low Earth orbit, defined as 2,000 km (1,200 miles) or less from the planet's surface.
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