Advancing the Future of Space Exploration: Blue Origin & Sierra Space’s Next Chapter

NASA Retires International Space Station, Looks to Privately Owned Stations for Future of Space Exploration

NASA has announced plans to retire the International Space Station (ISS) by 2030, with the aim of transitioning to privately owned space stations. The ISS has faced numerous problems in recent years, including cracks, air leaks, toilet failures, temperature variations, and oxygen supply system failures. However, NASA is optimistic about the future of space exploration and has been working on developing new technologies for its next mission: establishing a permanent human presence on the moon through the Artemis missions.

One of the key technologies that NASA is developing is a regenerative waste system for astronauts aboard privately owned space stations. This system will allow astronauts to recycle their urine and other waste into clean air and drinking water, reducing costs and minimizing the amount of supplies that need to be launched into space. Blue Origin and Sierra Space are among the companies that have been awarded funding by NASA to develop commercialized space stations in low-Earth orbit.

By retiring the ISS, NASA will free up resources to focus on lunar missions, including building a space station in lunar orbit and a base on the lunar surface. The projected cost of the Artemis 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 the demand for space stations from NASA and other customers.

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