Space station budget reconsidered

Thursday, March 01, 2001
Nasa may have to cancel some of its plans for the International Space Station.

George W Bush wants to reduce the space agency's spending so he can use the cash elsewhere.

A crew rescue vehicle and living quarters which would increase the crew size from three to seven may now be cancelled.

ISS chief Michael Hawes says other options are still being considered.

He said: "It is a call for us to be fiscally responsible. But this is a far cry from any kind of a space station redesign."

Nasa faces budget overruns of up to $4 billion (around stgĀ£2.8 billion) over the next five years.

Equipment problems and extra shuttle trips to the space station have been blamed for the increase in costs.

Mr Bush has ordered the US share of the ISS sections to be completed by 2003.