Space station successors may not be ready in time to replace aging lab: report

Space station successors may not be ready in time to replace aging lab: report

A NASA security advisory board has warned that the agency may not be able to transition from the International Space Station to commercial space stations in time to avoid leaving a void in the US presence in low Earth orbit, or LEO.

NASA presented its plans earlier this year to exploit the international space station (ISS) through the end of this decadehow it will be deorbit it in a fiery death. NASA is currently supporting the development of commercial stations to maintain US access to orbit, but there are concerns that they may not be ready by the time the ISS retires.

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