NASA to Open Space Station for Tourism

Mindy Sparks
June 13, 2019

NASA is opening the International Space Station (ISS) doors to increased commercial activity, including space tourism.

As part of its "commercialization" of the ISS, Nasa will be making one space station port and utilities available for a private company to "attach a commercial module to".

The directive also sets prices for industry use of US government resources on the space station for commercial and marketing activities. According to Robin Gaitens, Deputy Director of the space Agency on the ISS, in the year plan to conduct two short private mission, writes the BBC. However, it does come with a hefty charge, where, a user has to spend $58 million for the round ticket, and $35,000 per night.

You've also got to be in shape, meeting NASA's tough medical standards and the space station's training and certification requirements.

NASA has published a price list for the ISS and the trip would definitely be costly to a very high degree. The agency has contracted with SpaceX and Boeing to fly future crewed missions to the space station. Private astronauts will be allowed to travel there for up to 30 days. Crew Dragon from SpaceX and Starliner from Boeing are the spacecraft who will be carrying the tourist astronauts to the ISS.

"NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we've never done before", NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in an announcement made at the Nasdaq stock exchange in NY. While now and then space tourists have flown with Russian Soyuz capsules to the "ISS", future United States rockets from SpaceX or Boeing will be used in the future. The first space tourist aboard ISS was American Dennis Tito who paid Russian Federation a reported $20 million for a one-week visit in 2001.

The tourists will probably not share the same living space as the working astronauts. The space agency will not be selling directly to customers. Right now, the plan is for only two approved private astronauts to visit the station each year.

"We want to be there as a tenant, not as the landlord", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in April. In 2018, Trump administration created a commotion after releasing a proposal to end federal financing of ISS by 2024 and to build commercial alternatives.

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