NASA has announced that starting from 2020 the International Space Station will be open to the public and companies, allowing all commercial realities to exploit the ISS not only for research – as allowed until today – but also for space tourism.

ISS. Credit: NASA

NASA has announced that starting from 2020 the International Space Station will be open to the public and companies, allowing all commercial realities to exploit the ISS not only for research – as allowed until today – but also to profit. The American agency then opens the doors to a commercial use of the station, publishing a real tariff for entry into the spaces located in the low orbit of the Earth.

How much does it cost to go to the ISS

As for the goods, a cargo transport to the space will cost a minimum of 3,000 dollars per kilogram, the destruction of the goods will require another 3,000 dollars per kilogram and the return of the objects on Earth will cost 6,000 dollars per kilogram. NASA has also opened the doors to real space tourism, allowing it to pay to get on board the ISS. In this case we talk about prices ranging from 11,500 dollars a day for the basic option to 22,500 for access to items such as meals, supplies, medical kits and tools for exercising.

NASA has explained that it wants to host up to two short-term space tourism missions each year, which will reach the International Space Station from the United States in a vehicle developed under the Commercial Crew program. As for the commercial uses of the station, instead, NASA has set limits relative to the operations that are to be carried out in the low orbit, which must be in line with the mission of NASA, stimulate the development of the sector and require an environment to zero gravity. To enable this breakthrough, the ISS will make available a special docking module located outside the Harmony module of the International Space Station that can be used by private companies to access the station.

I unfortunately can’t afford it, I’ll settle for the ISS model 🙂