The biggest Aerospace Company NASA has asked thirteen companies to determine viability of commercial economies in lower Earth’s orbit. Out of these thirteen companies, four companies are from Texas and they were tapped by agency on Wednesday, which announced the news of nine astronauts flying on commercial crafts designed by Boeing and SpaceX in coming years. Both of these announcements highlighted the efforts of government to increase the involvement of commercial companies in LEO.
Along with launching American astronauts fly with commercial spacecrafts, more efforts are made to build a space station for commercial operations till the year 2025. Sam Scimemi, Space station Director, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, said we have not expected such benefits from this Space station. Now, we are eager to see such efforts from aerospace experts and commercial market to help develop a prosperous space economy successfully in which all companies will work together to carry out the activities and researches in LEO, he added. NASA expects an $11million allocation to the thirteen studies which are to be carried out. NASA states that “such unique analysis and concepts from studies will be helpful for NASA and the administration to develop tactics for expanding opportunities in American industry.”
The Administrator of NASA, JIM Bridenstine told that ending government capital for space station is not feasible by looking at the monetary burden placed on those commercial companies. NASA just spent $1.45billion for building space station without adding the transportation and supplies cost of astronauts during the fiscal year of 2017. Although, the commercial companies seem keen to work with NASA, he added. Many of them have already submitted their plans and ideas to carry out their operations, which are reviewed by the officials of NASA. The further step of that process is going to be announced to be done on Wednesday.