Lockheed Martin, Boeing and other aerospace companies want to commercialize space. Here are their proposals

This March 25, 2009 photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery during separation. In the background is Earth's atmosphere seen as a blue arc. On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, NASA announced that a major power shortage at the station has delayed a SpaceX supply run later in the week. (NASA via AP)
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SALT LAKE CITY — NASA is looking to bring commerce to space, which could lead to space travel, manufacturing and even sports events.

According to The Verge, 12 commercial aerospace companies have pitched ideas to NASA on how to create a “viable commercial economy” in low Earth orbit. Ideally, the space agency would use one of these ideas to transition funding the International Space Station out of NASA’s pocket.

Each concept is available to the public on NASA’s website. Here are the companies involved and what their ideas are:

NASA says a commercially viable space industry would likely increase the number of habitable platforms orbiting the Earth, and that profits could come from research and development as well as the development of other commercial markets, like videography, travel, sporting events and marketing.

The Verge also notes that regardless of future plans, NASA would still have a presence in space — even if it means paying rent for access to a commercial space station. But as of right now, the future for the space agency and the ISS is up in the air.

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