Magnus: ISS Needs To Remain A Research Platform Written 28 March 2018

Public Radio International reported on the possible privatization of the ISS due to the fact that President Donald Trump has “hinted at the possibility of the US ending its part in the funding of the ISS by 2025.” Former NASA astronaut and AIAA Executive Director Emeritus Sandra Magnus is quoted, and “says it is important to know that any advancements made by those companies will be built on top of a foundation of aerospace knowledge accumulated across more than 50 years of government investment, research and development.” Magnus added that the government will “continue to need the ability to do research in space, both in low Earth orbit and beyond,” so that the US can “continue to push that envelope so 50 years from now the next wave continues to have access to that expanding knowledge base that research and development provides.”
More Info (Public Radio International)