Friday, June 7, 2019

My take on NASA's announcement that they will let commercial companies bid to fly to the ISS

As you have probably heard, NASA recently announced that they will allow private companies to send individuals to the ISS to conduct science experiments as well as to let companies conduct activities for profit like geological drilling, advising, and marketing of technologies.  This is a huge announcement, because normal civilians have not been taken to the ISS since the Challenger disaster. This new opportunity represents a larger theme that NASA wants to develop; handing over the ISS to private corporations for technological development and testing while NASA moves on to other things like the Lunar Gateway.

What do I think?

Personally, I think this is a huge step forward for the entire space industry. Allowing private companies to test their products in actual space without the risk of launching into orbit will have huge benefits on the pace of advancement and it will allow NASA to accomplish its goal of getting man back to the moon by 2024. NASA will be rigorously training an individuals that are going to the ISS because they still need training on the functions of the ISS as well as living in space in general. There will be some people that say we need to keep space in the hands of the government and that private companies will cause destruction and a whole host of other arguments, but as far as I can see there are only positives to this situation. Increased technological development, faster development, bigger and better projects for NASA, more business for SpaceX and Boeing, I don't see any downsides really. Great move by NASA.

My take on NASA's announcement that they will let commercial companies bid to fly to the ISS

As you have probably heard, NASA recently announced that they will allow private companies to send individuals to the ISS to conduct science...