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NASA awards $415 million to fund three commercial space stations


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NASA on Thursday awarded three companies hundreds of millions of dollars to develop commercial space stations it hopes will eventually replace the International Space Station, which is due to retire around the end of the decade.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, aerospace company Nanoracks and defense contractor Northrop Grumman won $130 million, $160 million and $125.6 million contracts respectively to develop their orbital outposts.

A fourth company, Axiom Space, was previously awarded a $140 million contract.

The US space agency is increasingly turning to private industry to develop hardware it once made itself, in order to reduce costs and to focus on its ambitious goals, which include building habitats on the Moon and preparing for a crewed mission to Mars.

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-nasa-awards-mn-fund-commercial.html

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No.  We don't need to use tax payer dollars in order for profit making corporations to build infrastructure.  Space will at some point be the most profitable industry whether that be mining, energy, or things not even conceived yet.  If it's worth doing it's worth investing in by the private sector, the government should not fund private ventures like this.

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On 12/3/2021 at 8:59 AM, OverSword said:

No.  We don't need to use tax payer dollars in order for profit making corporations to build infrastructure.  Space will at some point be the most profitable industry whether that be mining, energy, or things not even conceived yet.  If it's worth doing it's worth investing in by the private sector, the government should not fund private ventures like this.

We don't agree on much, but I do with you on this. 

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On 12/3/2021 at 4:59 PM, OverSword said:

No.  We don't need to use tax payer dollars in order for profit making corporations to build infrastructure.  Space will at some point be the most profitable industry whether that be mining, energy, or things not even conceived yet.  If it's worth doing it's worth investing in by the private sector, the government should not fund private ventures like this.

Agreed, Bezos is worth over $200billion and his company over $1trillion. I'm sure he could do it alone..

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