33 thoughts on “Trump administration considering privatizing International Space Station

  1. mrubuto22 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    I think we’re all ignoring a key word here. “International” does the US even have the right to sell it?

  2. EctoSage February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    How about privatizing another station, not a shared one?

  3. hops4beer February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    >While the plan doesn’t not recommend “deorbiting” the 1990s-vintage space station, which is currently contracted to Boeing and costs Nasa more than $3bn a year, the Nasa documents say “it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform”.

    If private companies can find a way to profit from maintaining and upgrading the i.s.s. without $3bn of taxpayer money being funneled straight to boeing then i’m all for it.

  4. badassmthrfkr February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Sounds good, but why would private companies want to take over an obsolete station that cost $3 billion a year to maintain? Purely in economic sense, I can’t see that much money generating enough R&D for it to be worth it for businesses.

  5. Zenopus February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Do they want DOOM to happen? Cause’ that’s how DOOM happens.

  6. vannucker February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Maybe ISIS can get involved. ISISISS has a nice ring to it.

  7. ThunderBombLion February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    This is actually an interesting idea, and it might be the only way to save the ISS and make sure it’s still up there 10 years from now. It would have to go through the Russian government as well though, and I’m not sure they’d like the idea of losing control over the ISS.

  8. cdto21 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    While a lot of people are probably going to have a knee jerk reaction against this. This may not be as bad of an idea as it sounds. The ISS is somewhat antiquated. It was originally intended to be deorbited in 2016 and was only extended to 2020 under the obama administration. The funds to maintain it are extremely high and it would cost a ton of money to update the station. Privatizing it could keep the station from being deorbited and allow companies to update the craft. We all are seeing how space travel is now the domain of private companies.

  9. mielove February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    That’ll be the end of the station then. There is no profit in space travel, that’s not the reason to do it.

  10. Sitchu February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Is this actually a bad idea? Considering that funding for it will stop after 2025 if i remember correctly, wouldn’t selling it to lets say Space X or one of the commercial space companies be pretty smart?

  11. Ed98208 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Don’t you mean the “Trump Snapple International Space Station brought to you by Verizon”?

  12. BOBASA February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    No wonder Trumps businesses went bankrupt like 5 times. His ideas are shit!

  13. Gibbo263 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    What if SpaceX bought it?

  14. RussianConspiracies2 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Doesn’t sound like a bad idea if the only alternative is deorbiting or it taking up a good part of NASA’s budget to maintain it.

    Might not be any profit, but it couldn’t hurt to give it a go.

  15. CSmodel101 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Brought to you by Carl’s Jr

  16. mikesmikou February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Nobody can link this news to the recent Space X publicity stunt? Musk has just successfully privatized the space industry in the US. While reddit was clapping

  17. cat4202 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    They are so fuckin stupid

  18. xmt477 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Privatizing space in general should have been done long ago. No better way to increase advances into space than to do so. Unfortunately governments are still too uncomfortable about this because probably space represents to them untapped strategic realities.

    In any case, I hope Trump goes through with it.

  19. eggnogui February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am


    Does Trump know what *International* means?

    edit: Although in hindsight, a plan to get all countries involved in the ISS to privatize it, selling it to some company, instead of being de-orbited and destroyed, might not be that bad of an idea.

  20. horsest February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Every time i think he has already presented his worst idea, i get a headline like this

  21. iREDDITandITsucks February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    trump needs to go back to playing with his toys and let the adults make decisions. He and his cronies only have a short time left anyway.

  22. tspir001 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    I’m a supporter of this idea. Hopefully the private sector can move the ball forward and lower costs like SpaceX has. But I know Reddit worships Government and vilifies private industry.

  23. YoloRalphLauren February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    This is a great idea. Imagine if SpaceX buys the ISS and breathes new life into it.

  24. pijinglish February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    “Welcome to the International Space Station. I love you.”

  25. comegetinthevan February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    > by 2024

    Hopefully, ole tiny hands will not be in there at that point.

  26. OliverSparrow February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    That presumes that the $150 bn or so spent on this orbiting white elephant has generated any value potential whatsoever. What would a purchaser do with it: start a teeny and very uncomfortable boutique hotel?

  27. General_Guisan February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Trump “administration”

    Even the Taliban could handle the US better than that..

  28. UCODM February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    ….Of course it is. Smh

  29. Crisjinna February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    The privatizing is new but US direct funding of it has been scheduled to end in the 2020’s for years now. I think Space X and the bunch have made privatizing it a reasonable option. Before there was talk about letting it break up on reentry. As long as it doen’t cost Nasa more to do their experiments on it, sounds like a win win.

  30. sdlover420 February 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Hell ya, Capitalism is the universes political & economic choice..

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