In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA has outlined a strategy to encourage a growing low Earth orbit economy by granting commercial companies and astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS). Reaching the lunar surface with human explorers is a necessary step in achieving a horizon goal of exploring Mars, NASA explains.
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NASA releases ISS commercialization planCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (6/7): NASA on Friday presented the next step in its strategy to build a growing low Earth orbit economy by transitioning oversight of the agency’s continuing low Earth orbit activities on board the International Space Station (ISS) to the commercial sector. Private sector astronauts could purchase transportation to and from the six person orbiting science lab from Boeing and SpaceX. Two astronauts annually could stay aboard the Station for up to 30 days at a cost of $35,000 per day. NASA would provide an ISS docking port for commercial vessels and commercial free flying low Earth orbit platforms. NASA intends to seek proposals for ISS docking port access this year.
NASA is opening the Space Station to $35,000-a-night visits. A tourist who paid Russia $30 million to get there a decade ago says it’s ...