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Joint Statement: International Space Station Heads of Agency
The Heads of Agency reaffirmed the importance of full exploitation of the Station's scientific, engineering, utilisation, and education potential. They noted that there are no identified technical constraints to continuing ISS operations beyond the current planning horizon of 2015 to at least 2020 and that the Partnership is currently working to certify onorbit elements through 2028. The Heads of Agency expressed their strong mutual interest in continuing operations and utilisation for as long as the benefits of ISS exploitation are demonstrated. They acknowledged that a U.S. fiscal year 2011 budget consistent with the U.S. Administration's budget request would allow the United States to support the continuation of ISS operations and utilisation activities to at least 2020. They emphasised their common intent to undertake the necessary procedures within their respective governments to reach consensus later this year on the continuation of the ISS to the next decade.
In looking ahead, the Heads of Agency discussed the importance of increasing ISS utilisation and operational efficiency by all possible means, including finding and coordinating efficiencies across the ISS Programme and assuring the most effective use of essential capabilities, such as space transportation for crew and cargo, for the life of the programme.
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