A trio of astronauts from Russian Federation, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station. Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos installed external video cameras on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft for the first time to test the methods of visual control over the carrier rocket's flight, Roscosmos said on Wednesday. The big idea is less government and more private investment.
While giving an interview to the Washington Post, Bridenstine stated that he is holding talks with several worldwide companies regarding commercially managing the American the space station.
The hope is that the intended private partnerships will eventually result in the complete phasing out of federal funding for the space station.
On Friday, June 8, NASA will again focus on the astronauts approaching the space station.
The NASA budget proposes "redirecting funding to innovative new programs and providing additional funding to support new public-private initiatives".
Administrator James Bridenstine says NASA is already talking with private companies about potentially taking over the space lab after 2025. "We need commercial to step up in ways that we haven't seen before", he said.
With so much coverage given these days to unmanned rocket launches by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that we do actually continue to stick folks inside those super-powerful contraptions and send them into space.
Boeing recently updated its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract this past April, proposing to add a third crew member.