NASA to open International Space Station for tourists starting from 2020

NASA to open International Space Station for tourists starting from 2020

As Boeing and SpaceX are developing capsules to carry humans to the ISS, the agency said the two companies will handle these private tourists and any services related to them. Through our public-private partnerships with NASA we have brought over 750 payloads to the Space Station, we are building the first-ever commercial Airlock (Bishop) and we are the single largest private investor in the International Space Station to date.

For its part, NASA manager, Robyn Gatens, has clarified that "it will allow up to two short missions of private astronauts a year", which could take nearly a dozen new astronauts into space.

They could spend up to 30 days at a time aboard the station.

The trips will cost approximately $50 million, with NASA making a $35,000 profit per trip, according to CNBC.

The tourists will pay NASA for their use of the station, for food, water and use of the life support system. They would keep that money and also have to make sure that private astronauts "meet NASA's medical standards and the training and certification procedures" for crew members.

"It will be roughly about $35,000 a night per astronaut", said NASA CFO Jeff DeWitt.

The proposal cancels out funding for the ISS in 2025 and allocates $150 million "to encourage development of new commercial low-Earth orbital platforms and capabilities for use by the private sector and NASA".

Today, in a surprise announcement, Nasa confirmed it would be "opening the International Space Station for commercial business". The agency has contracted with SpaceX and Boeing to fly future crewed missions to the space station.

In addition, NASA would charge companies as much as $18,000 per kilogram for a round trip to and from the station.

"But it won't come with any Hilton or Marriott points", DeWit said during a news conference at Nasdaq in New York City. "New opportunities are needed to move beyond research and development, and the station will play an essential role in enabling those opportunities for new commercial markets needed to build a sustainable ecosystem in low-Earth orbit".

The International space station is a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit.

The idea is to develop the space economy in the hope of seeing the private sector take over the ISS, which the United States hopes to stop financing in the late 2020s. At the time, NASA was so opposed to his trip that it tried to prohibit him from entering the US segment of the space station.

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