NASA head: new space technology to provide U.S. access to space after 2030

Jim Brydenstein also noted that the International Space Station is not eternal.

U.S. access to space after 2030.
U.S. access to space after 2030.

The new US spacecrafts will provide access to space by 2030, when the International Space Station (ISS) may expire. 

This was announced by NASA Director Jim Bridenstine at a press conference on Thursday at Cape Canaveral in connection with the launch of a new U.S. spacecraft called Starliner. His speech was streamed on the NASA website.

ISS will stay operational until 2030.

We all know that the International Space Station is not eternal, he said. - The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are considering bills to extend the life of the station until 2030. This is very important, but we need to think about what will happen after 2030. 

Right now, ensuring the launch of U.S. astronauts from U.S. territory on U.S. rockets, in order to ensure that access to Earth orbit is continuous.

According to the NASA director, attention should be paid to the commercialization of orbital flights. The two most promising areas for work in orbit are obtaining new modern materials and production of biomedical drugs, he said.

The launch of the new American spacecraft Starliner is scheduled for Friday at 06:36 U.S. Eastern Coast time. The ship is scheduled to dock with the ISS 24 hours after launch. According to the flight program, after eight days in orbit, the ship should land at the White Sands test site in New Mexico.

US certifies new manned spacecraft

NASA ceased manned flights in 2011 after the completion of the Space Shuttle program. Since then, astronauts have been delivered to ISS by the Russian "Soyuz". 

In addition to Starliner, developed by Boeing Corporation, the SpaceX company created its own ship Crew Dragon, a modification of the cargo ship Dragon, which already delivers goods to the ISS. The Crew Dragon has been automatically launched and docked at the station on March 2 this year.

Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka, Americans Andrew Morgan, Christina Cook and Jessica Meir, as well as an astronaut from the European Space Agency, Italian Luca Parmitano, are currently working at the ISS.