Headlines from the future, today! –> BBC: Nasa to open International Space Station to tourists / NASA: NASA Opens International Space Station to New Commercial Opportunities, Private Astronauts
Eine Nacht in der Raumstation kostet 35000 Dollar, exklusive Flug. Die NASA hat Boeing und Elon Musks SpaceX für den Transport der Sternen-Touris beauftragt, einmal Weltraum und zurück kostet dann nochmal 60 Millionen Dollar. Die Russen haben bereits seit Jahren vereinzelt Touristen auch auf die ISS geflogen, die NASA will wohl nun ebenfalls das Geschäft mit der Weltraum-Touristik ankurbeln.
The US space agency said it would open the orbiting station to tourism and other business ventures. There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS.
Nasa said that private astronauts would be permitted to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days, travelling on US spacecraft. “Nasa is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York.
Nasa said that private commercial entities would be responsible for determining crew composition and ensuring that the private astronauts meet the medical and training requirements for spaceflight.
The two companies hired by Nasa are Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which will use its Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is building a spacecraft called the Starliner. These companies are likely to charge any private astronaut a similar “taxi fare” to what they intend to charge Nasa for its astronauts – close to $60m per flight.
— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019