The NASA administrator has started talking to private companies about the idea of privatizing the International Space Station according to a report by the Washington Post.
Jim Bridenstine, the administrator, said that there have been talks with companies about taking over the U.S.’s role in the International Space Station, an international cooperative venture that currently serves as Earth’s main outpost in space.
“We’re in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station,” Bridenstine told the Washington Post. “I’ve talked to many large corporations that are interested in getting involved in that through a consortium, if you will.”
The station typically houses six astronauts and each spends six months to one year there before switching out, with astronauts hailing from America, Europe, and Japan.
NASA already partners with several private companies, including SpaceX and Orbital ATK.