Top NASA managers are preparing for the day when foreign governments and private businesses help defray the cost of U.S. space operations through the purchase of transportation and accommodation on U.S. commercial human spaceflight assets in low Earth orbit. The space agency’s $18.7 billion fiscal 2012 budget request continues the Obama administration’s effort to refocus U.S. government civil space beyond LEO. Unlike Russia, which uses cash from the U.S. purchase of Soyuz seats to help ...


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