NASA will offer space tourists two-week trips to the ISS

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to develop space tourism by organizing two-week trips to the International Space Station (ISS). As the space tourism industry is just beginning to take off, NASA does not want to miss the opportunity to make money by delivering commercial customers to outer space.


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In January next year, Axiom Space’s AX-1 mission will be completed, where a professional astronaut and several tourists will be delivered to the orbital station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon ship. The mission presupposes that all flight participants stay on board the ISS for eight days, after which they return to the earth’s surface. In addition, a few days ago, Jeff Bezo’s company Blue Origin sold for $ 28 million a seat in its suborbital spaceship, which will fly next month.

According to available data, NASA is working with several companies to carry out two more private missions involving the delivery of tourists to the ISS. If all goes according to plan, the first of these launches will take place in the autumn of 2022 and the second in mid-2023. It is noted that NASA is not trying to compete with private space companies. Instead, the authority plans to work with them.

It is assumed that as part of the implementation of tourism missions, private companies will take over the delivery of people to and from the ISS, and NASA will provide logistical support, food and other related services during a stay at the orbital station for several days. Tourists will be able to stay on the ISS for up to 14 days, but they will be banned from disturbing professional astronauts for doing their job. The launch vehicle and manned spacecraft used to transport tourists must be approved by NASA.

Of course, not everyone can afford such a trip. The agency intends to charge $ 5.2 million as a “base cost” for a stay on the ISS, as well as $ 4.8 million for mission planning and execution. It is also worth considering $ 2,000 a day for food and up to $ 1,500 for other household items such as sleeping bags, clothes, etc. NASA plans to use the funds obtained from space tourism to fund its expensive scientific projects.

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