2018 NASA International Space Station (ISS) Transition Report - Ending Government Support or Extending Through the 2020s, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Commercial Market, Enabling Human Exploration

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Publisher: Progressive Management

Publication Date: June 09, 2018

ISBN: 9780463672662

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This report responds to direction in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 to submit to Congress a report evaluating the International Space Station (ISS) as a platform for research, deep space exploration, and low-Earth orbit (LEO) spaceflight in partnership with its four foreign space agency partners, and the commercial space sector.

The ISS represents an unparalleled capability in human spaceflight that is increasing knowledge of engineering and physical sciences, biology, the Earth, and the universe. This knowledge is benefiting life here on Earth and enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. private industry. The research and technology demonstrations onboard the ISS are not only providing the basis for extending human presence beyond the bounds of LEO and taking America's next steps into the proving ground of cislunar space, but also advancing the competitiveness of U.S. private industry. Building on the partnership of five space agencies representing the 15 ISS Intergovernmental Agreement signatory nations, over 101 countries and areas have utilized, or are currently utilizing, the ISS. Astronauts have continuously lived aboard the ISS for over 17 years. Approximately one-quarter of the U.S. population today only knows a time when Americans have lived in space.

This report lays out NASA's activities and future plans for operations, research, and development in LEO. "Transition," (Section 3), as that term is used in Section 303 of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, discusses the LEO capabilities that the ISS currently provides the Nation, which include a sustained American presence in LEO, sustained American global space leadership, the continued development of a commercial space industry and a commercial space marketplace, the continued development ...