By David E. Farenthold and Sarah K. SmithSpace station builders have proposed building a new world-class facility on the International Space Station, according to a recent report by the National Space Council.
In an April 2017 letter, the council said that a new structure would be needed to support the ISS operations for at least the next two decades, while at least 20 new construction sites would be necessary.
The space agency has announced that it plans to send astronauts to the station in 2024 and beyond.
But it’s unclear how many of those astronauts will be able to do so in space, and whether they’ll live and work there permanently.
The council also said it was not yet clear what would happen to the facility that would house the astronauts.
The proposed structure would not be the first time that builders have attempted to build a space station on the surface of the Earth.
In 2016, the United States constructed the largest orbital launch vehicle ever built at Cape Canaveral.
In the late 1990s, SpaceX launched an unmanned cargo mission to the International Station that included more than 100 people.NASA officials have previously said that the ISS would be a relatively easy building to build.
In 2008, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the ISS was “ready to be assembled and assembled and put into orbit.”
But in 2016, NASA announced it would not conduct its next round of building on the ISS until 2020.
The agency also said that it would need to “get it right” in the next few years to build the ISS as the program was designed to do.