NASA will pay nearly $1 billion to safely deorbit the International Space Station.
NASA released additional details March 13 about its fiscal year 2024 budget proposal
The ISS deorbit tug, a major budget addition, would return the station to the South Pacific.
In August, NASA requested information about the tug, but the budget request provided few details.
In a press briefing, NASA assistant administrator for space operations Kathy Lueders dubbed the $180 million transit fund.
Lueders said the agency estimated the job would cost "a little bit less than about $1 billion" despite no funding plan in the budget papers.
“We want an RFP,” she said. “We want a better price.”
NASA has earlier planned to use cargo spacecraft, particularly Russia’s Progress, to deorbit the station
NASA officials at the briefing did not discuss the Artemis 4 slip, but Cabana mentioned the complexity of the mission