After 2024, the ISS will be in the hands of NASA's commercial and worldwide partners, but the agency isn't retreating from the station entirely.
Nasa had previously banned any commercial use of the space station and prohibited astronaut's from taking part in for-profit research. "Transitioning toward this new model of business is an important step to allow Nasa to move full speed ahead in landing the first woman and the next man on the moon".More news: Diego Maradona insists he could coach Manchester United
Nasa will allow unprecedented commercial access to the International Space Station (ISS) for marketing, business and space tourism, the agency announced on Friday. The agency's goal is to foster a robust ecosystem in low-Earth orbit through which it can purchase services as one of many customers. A new policy provides the opportunity for up to two short-duration private astronaut missions to the space station beginning as early as 2020, if the market supports it.
NASA estimated the cost of a flight would be around $50 million per seat. The policy also, for the first time, includes prices for use of USA government resources to pursue commercial and marketing activities aboard the station.
NASA has announced a plan to allow tourists to fly on the International Space Station for the first time starting next year.More news: Company Offers $1,000 To Switch Back To Flip Phones For 1 Week
NASA Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit and ISS Deputy Director Robyn Gatens reveal NASA's increased commercialisation on Friday. US President Donald Trump published a budget past year which called for the station to be defunded by the government by 2025. The committee is headed by an attorney who works in government relations for the space tech firm Maxar Technologies. Getting private astronauts to and from the space station will remain a large financial hurdle.
"Enabling a vibrant economy in low-Earth orbit has always been a driving element of the space station program, and will make space more accessible to all Americans", said Koch. The ISS costs Nasa roughly $3bn to $4bn a year to operate, according to the Verge.More news: NYC Police Commissioner Apologizes for 1969 Stonewall Raid