[TechWeb] on June 12, just days after NASA (NASA) laid down the basic rules for commercial travel to the International Space Station, Nevada-based Bigelow Space Operations said it planned to use SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and manned dragon spacecraft to travel customers to the International Space Station for $52 million each, according to foreign media reports.
Bigelow Space Operations is a space-service subsidiary of the Bigelow Aerospace, a space-based enterprise founded by Robert Bigelow, a Nevada real-estate development giant. Bigelow is the president of Bigelow Space Operations, a Bigelow space company and its subsidiary.
Following last Friday's announcement by NASA of the opening of the International Space Station, Bigelow said his company had paid a large deposit and booking fee for SpaceX to launch up to four rockets to the space station. According to NASA's basic rules, up to four people can be put into orbit for each launch, staying for up to one to two months.
Three years ago, Bigelow Aerospace installed an extensible module on the International Space Station for testing, and it is still in use.
Bigelow said NASA's demands will be thoroughly digested so that all responsibilities and obligations can be responsibly fulfilled and the flights and activities of new astronauts to the International Space Station will be properly carried out.
In a statement, he wrote: "In the early days, the cost per seat was about $52 million per person." This fee probably does not include the $35,000 per night accommodation that NASA plans to charge. The cost will be used to cover life support and food costs associated with the International Space Station.
Bigelow wrote: "The next big question is, when will this happen? Once the SpaceX's rocket and capsule have been certified by NASA, people can travel to the International Space Station, so the project can begin. As you can imagine, as they say, the details of success or failure. But we are excited and optimistic that all of these can be successfully combined, while Bigelow Space Operations is involved."
Bigelow Space Operations is not the only company involved, and Virginia-based Space Adventures said it will sell seats in the Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule, which will use Atlas 5 of the United Launch Alliance (ULA). Rocket launching.
Neither Space Advantages nor Boeing gave the exact price, but Josh Barrett, a spokesman for Boeing, said last week that every NASA’s estimated seat 58 was correct.
The Space Adventures program only sells the "the fifth seat" on the Starliner's capsule, and the space capsule will also send four additional NASA-funded astronauts to the International Space Station.
Astronauts from private companies will fly with astronauts from the public sector. The first manned Starliner mission to the space station will set an example: Boeing test pilot Chris Sir Alex (Chris Ferguson), a former space shuttle commander, will fly with NASA's Nicole Mann (Nicole Mann) and Mike Fink (Mike Fincke) as a private astronaut.
The mission, as well as SpaceX's first trip to the space station, is expected to take place by the end of the year. It is important to note, however, that multiple delays in flight plans are likely to happen again. Only after these demonstrations have been completed will NASA evaluate the performance of these "space taxis" and issue certificates for their regular services. (little fox)