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NASA Planning To Open ISS To Commercial Business، Private Astronauts

Saturday 08/June/2019 - 04:20 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
NASA just announced an ambitious program to commercialize the International Space Station. One of the most note-worthy parts of the program is that soon، private astronauts willing to pay can have month-long visits to the ISS.

Commercializing The International Space Station
NASA will soon be opening the ISS for business، as the agency announced its five-part plan that will accelerate U.S. innovation and ingenuity in low-Earth orbit. So far، more than 50 companies have already conducted commercial research and development aboard the ISS، and the new plans will expand these activities.

Simply put، the new directive will widen the field of current commercial activity aboard the ISS، which، for now is limited to research and development. With it، both NASA and private astronauts can conduct commercial activities aboard the ISS، including commercial production and manufacturing of products that are intended to be sold on Earth.

This would allow private industries to use U.S. government resources for marketing and commercial activities. Revenue from this directive would free up more resources for NASA’s Artemis program with the goal of sending the first woman and the next man to the surface of the moon by 2024، as the Technical Times.

“NASA’s plan addresses both the supply-side and demand-side for a new economy، enabling use of government resources for commercial activities، creating the opportunity for private astronaut missions to the space station، enabling commercial destinations in low-Earth orbit، identifying and pursuing activities that foster new and emerging markets، and quantifying NASA’s long-term demand for activities in low-Earth orbit،” the agency said in a press release.

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