American space agency NASA is all set to open the International Space Station (ISS) to commercial opportunities with stays priced at $35,000 a night.
NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York on Friday, “NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we've never done before.”
In at least two private astronaut missions per year, as many as a dozen private astronauts will be able to visit the ISS per year.
SpaceX and Boeing will ferry the astronauts and bill NASA for the round trip. NASA on its part will charge astronauts for their stay in space, for food, water and use of the life support system on the orbiter.