NASA to open Space Tourism for private trips

Pablo Tucker
June 13, 2019

NASA will soon be opening the ISS for business, as the agency announced its five-part plan that will accelerate US innovation and ingenuity in low-Earth orbit. A new NASA directive will enable commercial manufacturing and production and allow both NASA and private astronauts to conduct new commercial activities aboard the orbiting laboratory. However, the USA space agency will only accept two short private missions per year, permitting private astronauts to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days.

"Market studies identified private astronaut missions to low-Earth orbit as a key element to demonstrate demand and reduce risk for future commercial destinations in low-Earth orbit", NASA explained. Private astronauts will be allowed to travel there for up to 30 days. To deliver tourists will be SpaceX's Elon musk and his Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which creates a spaceship called the Starliner. The agency said this will also reduce the cost to US taxpayers for this next lunar mission.

And that's not including what the companies will charge individuals for transportation to and from the Space Station. Two companies who are taking initiative for taking the astronauts to ISS are SpaceX and Boeing.

In addition, it is not yet clear whether tourists in space are allowed to enter all modules of the "ISS" because there are facilities and facilities of Americans, Russians, Europeans, Japanese and Canadians. Back in 2001 United States businessman Dennis Tito got a chance to visit International Space Station and he had to pay $20 million for the ride. That would put the total for the trip to over $1 million. Ventures could also include selling trinkets that have been flown through space here on Earth.

They won't be the first private individuals visiting the ISS.

On May 31, our administrator Jim Bridenstine tried his hand at a virtual landing on the Moon in the ten-story Vertical Motion Simulator at our Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

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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