The door to a private-sector economy in low Earth orbit (LEO) is opening a little wider on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA is formally seeking ideas that could lead to a “self-sustaining commercial marketplace” there, and preparing to fly at least one experimental manufacturing unit that could produce something to sell at a profit. Private companies are beginning to develop concepts and business plans for commercial successors to the government-funded ISS, hoping to …

 

Source: http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-moving-toward-post-iss-commercial-space-station