NASA to Open International Space Station to Commercial Business

Eloise Marshall
June 13, 2019

NASA is opening the International Space Station for private travel and commercial businesses as soon as next year. However, in past NASA had not allowed any commercial use of the space station and restricted astronauts for doing any profit based research.

NASA Space Tourism hopes to assist in creating a thriving commercial economy in the low-Earth orbit through the usa industry innovation and ingenuity.

Robyn Gatens, ISS deputy director, stated, "About two small private space explorer missions every year will take place".

That is the average rate the companies will bill NASA for taking the space adventurers up to the ISS.

Nasa will get around $35,000 (£27,000) per night that a private astronaut spends on board the ISS.

At least, we now have answers to questions about NASA's future. With it, both NASA and private astronauts can conduct commercial activities aboard the ISS, including commercial production and manufacturing of products that are meant to be sold on Earth.

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Transport will be provided by both Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX, who are now developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS. That will have to be arranged separately with SpaceX or Boeing, the companies building USA commercial crew space transportation systems that NASA hopes will be operational next year.

And it hopes that in the long-term, there will be lots of private space stations floating just above Earth. 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.

"And the Gateway, in my view - I've been convinced - enables us to take advantage of commercial and worldwide partners in a more robust way so we are there to stay, it enables us to get to more parts of the moon than ever before, and it enables us to get to Mars". However, since the station is not owned by one single country, tourists have gone there before, such as Dennis Tito, who paid the Russian government $20 million for a trip in 2001, the BBC reported.

The tourists will probably not share the same living space as the working astronauts. That could include flying trinkets to space and then selling them on Earth.

The Trump administration's budget proposal from last February, which proposed eliminating direct federal contributions to the International Space Station by 2025, has propelled the agency's privatization efforts.

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