Until this point, NASA has banned commercial uses of the International Space Station, prohibiting companies from taking part in for-profit research. However, in 2020, that is set to change. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has stated it will be opening the International Space Station (ISS) for private tourism and business ventures, as it has never done before. www.travelrows.com
International Space Station Ownership
The space station is owned in tandem with Russia. The construction process for the ISS began in 1998 and took 10 years and over 30 missions to complete. The space station is now around the size of a football field.
Russia has been more at ease with the idea of commercial uses of the station. From 2001 to 2009, Space Adventures, an American-owned space tourism company, ran eight flights using a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Dennis Tito, an American engineer, is known to be the first tourist to fund his own trip to space. He financed the trip to the ISS in 2001. It is reported that Tito paid the Russian Space program $20 million for this trip. He spent 7 days, 22 hours, and 4 minutes in space.
Price Per Night
Pricing for a private astronaut to stay at the ISS is quoted at $35,000 or £27,500 per night. Missions to the International Space Station will be up to 30 days, as confirmed by Robyn Gatens, the ISS deputy director.
NASA is opening space travel to the business trade like never seen before. Indeed, this is a new frontier in space we have only dreamed of in films.
The private businesses would be held responsible for choosing the team of people who are traveling to space and ensuring travelers pass necessary medical and training demands.
NASA hired Boeing to use its rocket that is being built, named the “Starliner”, along with Elon Musk’s “Dragon Capsule” to taxi the private astronauts to the International Space Station. It is believed that these companies will charge a fee estimated at $60,000. In the early 2000s, the estimated price for space adventuring on a Russian craft was publicized at $200 –250 million.
Most space travelers have participated in the research.They have to complete the same training required medically and physically. Thus, they prefer to be called private astronauts rather than space tourists.
All of this is happening as a part of the desire to privatize the space station fully. After the passing of a bill released in February of 2018, President Trump requested to have the ISS entirely de-funded by the government by 2025.
The Future of Space Ideas
The announcement of the opening of the space station came with a plan for NASA to return to the moon by 2024. Ideas include taking the first woman to the moon as well as the first people to land on the moon since 1972. This mission’s name is Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and the Greek goddess of the moon. In 1969, the Apollo 11 mission placed the first people on the moon.
I think we can honestly say this new era of space exploration is pretty exciting. Would you pick Space as your next travel destination? Travelrows LLC would be happy to sell tours (or should we say cruises?) to other planets or stars some day 🙂 Watch our Space Travel category for news and announcements for a Space Vacation to Mars, Moon or even for Interstellar destinations 😉