Washington, Jun 10: The Spaceships and going to space is everybody’s dream in the modern era. Space traveling is a modern fantasy. Now, this fantasy is going to convert into reality.
On Friday, NASA said, they will open up the International Space Station to business ventures including space tourism as NASA wants financial disengagement from orbiting research lab.
But, going to space is not cheap. Tens of millions of dollars is the price tag of this space trip and, if you want to stay at night, it will cost you $35,500 a night.
While announcing this mission, NASA’s chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said, “NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we've never done before”.
As per the statement, There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year.
NASA said The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year.
These travelers would be ferried to the orbiter exclusively by the two US companies currently developing transport vehicles for NASA: SpaceX, with its Crew Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is building one called Starliner.
That is the average rate the companies will bill NASA for taking the space adventurers up to the ISS.
Neither Dragon nor Starliner is ready. Their transport capsules are supposed to be ready in late 2019 but the timetable depends on the results of a series of tests. So the private missions will have to wait until 2020 at the earliest.
The tourists will pay NASA for their use of the station, for food, water and use of the life support system.