Published on : Friday, November 23, 2018
After watching the billionaires’ respective Virgin Galaxy, Blue Origin, and SpaceX race to send tourists out of the earth’s atmosphere, NASA is thinking of a proposal to sell private citizens tickets aboard rockets to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
Although this would be a first for the United States, Russia has been sending tourists to space since 2001, when American businessman Dennis Tito paid $20 million to board the Soyuz to the ISS. The Russian space program has continued to send private citizens to space since then and has even floated the idea of building a luxury hotel aboard the ISS that travelers could book for a $20 million, two-week vacation.
NASA is still in the nascent stages of considering commercial space flight, and it hopes to bridge a gap with the private sector. NASA could sell seats on crafts built by SpaceX or Boeing.
Although the proposal was backed by a NASA subcommittee Friday, it would have to be approved by the entire advisory council and then said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine before dreams turn into reality.