🚀 Exciting News from NASA! They're working hard to ensure a smooth transition to private space stations before the ISS retires in 2030. Here's what you need to know:
🔭 Microgravity research and technology development on the ISS will continue "full throttle" until 2030.
💡 NASA believes a gap in space stations would be disruptive, so they're focusing on a seamless shift to private stations.
📅 By 2028, a commercial successor must be operating to prevent complications during the transition.
🏢 The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a strategy to ensure uninterrupted U.S. presence in low-Earth orbit.
💪 Challenges include technical costs, scheduling risks, and design and development of the new space stations.
🌌 NASA plans to increase the budget for the United States Deorbit Vehicle (USDV) and upgrade the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to improve scientific capabilities.
🌍 After the ISS retires, NASA will operate a national laboratory to support research on various commercial platforms.
🌌 The LEO National Lab will represent all government-sponsored research on available private space stations.
🌐 The lab will not compete with commercial platforms and service providers but will support their efforts.
🌍 ISS partners, including Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency, will support the ISS until its phased retirement in 2030.
🚀 Russia will focus on building its own orbital space station, launching its first module in 2027.
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