NASA continues to take steps to encourage private companies to research and explore in the space station developments. Also it is ready to invest in new promising ideas. The space agency hopes to increase the growth in the space industry, to support & improve current operations, and to launch new standalone projects. NASA issued a version of draft on Oct. 3, a call for proposals for what it calls ‘Destination, which is Commercial for Development in Low Earth Orbit FREE FLYER, which is part of Next Space Technologies for the Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program. With the addition to outlining the goal of the project, the draft includes the habitability criteria such as stations that it must be able to meet, such as exercise infrastructure, waste management systems, and crew privacy. The space agency is aiming to set up the latest component of its Artemis program to land humankind on the moon in 2024.NASA has set aside $561 million to invest in the private space station, which will help the agency continue to research the International Space Station is retired. But while the NASA asked for $150 million to commercialize its process efforts in its upcoming budget, the Senate appropriations bill offered just $15 million.
Charles Bolden, who was the head of NASA between 2009 & 2017, said: “Someone has got to come up with a business case that makes mankind understand that there is value in going into low Earth orbit.” Further, Bolden said, “The government has been spending a lot of funds to allow the private sector to use the test facility so that they could make profit.” He added, come in the International Space Station and build a low Earth orbit infra that he had got to have if we are going to send humans successfully back to the moon and on Mars.” The idea here is that NASA has given companies potential for processes like pharmaceutical & manufacturing production to the micro-gravity environment. But the space station is getting aged, and it will need to be retired in a decade. Rather than building a new space station, the commercial companies can develop their facilities. NASA and its peers could book time on such stations for projects that need microgravity conditions.
Bigelow Aerospace is an American space technology startup company in response to Bolden’s comments posted on its website on Oct. 8 that they knew from the first day that they were focusing on destinations and that they were depending on if there was space transport for people, which at this point is still highly desirable.” The company said that its ‘B330’ module in development could have a tremendous business case if associated with the International Space Station. It warned that either a commercial model on the International Space Station or an independent space station would require adequate funding.”