The purpose of the research initiative ISSave is to identify potential methods for affordably saving or salvaging the International Space Station, which is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2025.
Thankfully, a recent article suggests that this plan has low congressional support, but the fact remains that the economic viability of the current I.S.S. policy needs to be assessed and necessary adjustments must be made.
Also, from that same article:
“NASA released a solicitation…asking U.S. companies and research institutions for studies examining the market for a commercial space station in low Earth orbit, detailed business plans, and concepts for orbiting human research outposts. Organizations selected by NASA…will receive up to $1 million each for their studies.
NASA is also asking companies for concepts that may include the attachment of commercial habitats or labs to the forward end of the International Space Station’s Harmony module.
But…the agency must find a way to reduce its expenditures on low Earth orbit human spaceflight programs if it hopes to pay for crewed missions to the moon’s vicinity, and eventually the lunar surface.”