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The International Space Station Is Open for Commercial Business in Orbit

The International Space Station Is Open for Commercial Business in Orbit

Those visitors will also need to meet both NASA's medical standards as well as the agency's training and certification procedures for ISS crew members. Then they have to spend about 35,000 dollars per night for accommodations, said Jeff Dewit, NASA's chief financial officer, at a press conference at Nasdaq in New York City.

NASA has always been openly against the commercialisation of the ISS, unlike Russian Federation that is open to ads and branding on its side of the station.

These travellers would be ferried to the orbiter exclusively by the two companies now developing transport vehicles for Nasa: SpaceX, with its Crew Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is building one called Starliner.

The new space tourists to the ISS will not be the first: USA businessman Dennis Tito had that honour in 2001.

NASA said private astronaut missions to the ISS of up to 30 days will be permitted. This group brainstormed ways companies may be able to turn profits at the ISS, and they decided that allowing corporations to build and market their products by using ISS resources would help to ignite the economy NASA is seeking to build. NASA estimates that it could handle two amateur astronauts per year, based on current estimates.

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Unfortunately, the stay won't come with any Hilton or Marriott points, DeWit joked.

The newest NASA directive is meant to allow "commercial manufacturing and production and allow both NASA and private astronauts to conduct new commercial activities aboard the orbiting laboratory". Passengers will have to shell out around $35,000 per night and these trips can last for months, the space agency said.

The Nasa schedule for tourist flights to the "ISS" from 2020 seems extremely ambitious, especially since neither SpaceX nor Boeing have yet tested their new astronaut capsules manned. The fifth part of the plan calls for NASA to lay out what exactly needs to happen to enable long-term commercial operations in long-term orbit. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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". "We're reaching out to the USA private sector to see if you can push the economic frontier into space".


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