Advancing the Future of Space Exploration: Blue Origin & Sierra Space’s Next Chapter

NASA has announced plans to retire the International Space Station (ISS) by 2030 and transition to privately owned space stations. This decision comes as the ISS has faced numerous problems in recent years, including cracks, air leaks, toilet failures, temperature variations, and oxygen supply system failures. However, the agency has reported that the Orbital Reef, a future privately owned space station, has passed key milestones in developing critical technologies such as a regenerative system to recycle astronaut urine.

This regenerative system will provide clean air and drinking water for astronauts aboard the space station. Recycling urine and other waste helps reduce costs and the amount of supplies that need to be launched into space. NASA has awarded funding to companies like Blue Origin and Sierra Space to develop commercialized space stations in low-Earth orbit, which could potentially replace the ISS in the future. This outsourcing of space station development allows NASA to focus on bigger priorities such as establishing a permanent human presence on the moon through the Artemis missions.

The projected cost of the Artemis missions is estimated to be $93 billion between 2012 and 2025, not including launch costs. Moving forward, NASA plans to work with industry partners to ensure competition, reduce costs, and meet the demand for space stations from NASA and other customers. The retiring of the ISS will free up resources for these lunar missions and allow for more efficient use of resources in space exploration.

By Samantha Johnson

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