NASA Embraces Space Tourism, More Commercial Activities on ISS

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First of all, it was unclear whether the new offer was aimed exclusively at citizens of USA nationality, because in a NASA video it is talked about making the laboratory in space "accessible to all Americans".

According to NASA's Commercial Crew Website, the company highlights its mission to develop and operate new generation space crafts that can carry crews to the International Space Station and also low-Earth orbit.

On June 7, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced it is opening up a space station to tourism for "private astronaut missions of up to 30 days".

Although the ISS already hosts nonprofit researchers from 50 companies, this new program will be the first to offer for-profit companies the chance to go to space.

NASA also included additional focus areas for research solicitations to cover bioengineering, in-space manufacturing, regenerative medecine and other sustainability-focused operations. The round-trip ticket for the ISS rocket trip would cost about $ 58 million (US Dollars) and the daily rate would be around $ 35,000 (US Dollars) DeWitt 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.

Up until now, NASA has banned commercial flights to the ISS, according to BBC.

However, NASA does not own the International Space Station.

These companies would choose the clients - who will not have to be U.S. citizens - and bill for the trip to the ISS, which will be the most expensive part of the adventure: around $58 million for a roundtrip ticket. ISS is the place where astronauts not only from the United States but also from Russian Federation and several countries stay up there and study the nature of the earth and perform researchers over different objects present in space.

The company will deliver four tourists at a specific date to the International Space Station. American businessman Dennis Tito first paid the country $20 million to visit in 2001, which, even accounting for inflation, sounds like a relative steal. Right now, the plan is for only two approved private astronauts to visit the station each year.

As you would expect, a space trip won't come cheap. NASA does not want to be an anchor tenant, just one of many customers.

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