Joe Biden administration will continue ISS cooperation through 2030. Despite increasing tensions with Russia, the Biden administration supports extending the operations of the International Space Station (ISS) through 2030. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said. Nelson said that the Joe Biden administration is committed to working with international partners. Including Russia, to continue research being conducted on the orbiting laboratory through the end of the decade.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced today the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations through 2030, and to work with our international partners in Europe (ESA, European Space Agency), Japan (JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Canada (CSA, Canadian Space Agency), and Russia (State Space Corporation Roscosmos).
NASA administrator Bill Nelson told The Verge in May that he wants to continue work on the ISS through 2030. Funds for the ISS have already been approved through 2024.
Nelson called the ISS “a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration” and said that it has returned “enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit humanity” during its more than two-decade existence.
Nelson said in a statement “It’s more important than ever that the United States continues to lead the world in growing international alliances and modeling rules and norms for the peaceful and responsible use of space,”.
Extending operations through 2030 will continue another productive decade of research advancement and enable a seamless transition of capabilities in low-Earth orbit to one or more commercially owned and operated destinations in the late 2020s.The decision to extend operations and NASA’s recent awards to develop commercial space stations together ensure uninterrupted, continuous human presence and capabilities; both are critical facets of NASA’s International Space Station transition plan.