Already in the midst of a trade war with China, some lawmakers worry that the United States may lose to the country in another realm — space innovation. A Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee hearing this week focused on the possible implications of turning the United States’ stake in the International Space Station over to private industry. The Trump administration wants to cut federal funding to the space station by 2025. Meanwhile, China has announced that its space station will soon be open for business and invited countries from around the world to conduct research on board, said Sen. Bill Nelson, the ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, who attended the hearing on Wednesday. Nelson is a former NASA astronaut. “We cannot allow history to repeat itself,” the Florida Democrat warned, recalling when the Obama administration ended funding to the space shuttle program in 2011. Since then, U.S. astronauts have been relying on Russian transportation to fly them to the ISS. Each seat for a U.S. astronaut on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft bound for the station could cost as much as $81 million by 2018, according to a 2016 report by NASA’s Office of Inspector General. The NASA budget request for 2019, backed by… Read full this story
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