Earlier today, NASA announced that the International Space Station will be open for private companies as the space agency goes ahead with its privatization process.
The latest announcement, NASA hopes will help private organization continuous innovation in the coming years. The agency said, “The agency’s ultimate goal in low-Earth orbit is to partner with industry to achieve a strong ecosystem in which NASA is one of many customers purchasing services and capabilities at lower cost.”
Thanks to the latest news, private organizations will be able to conduct research on the ISS for up to 30 days. If private organizations want to conduct research on the ISS, they will be required to spend $22,500 per day for the use of crew supplies and $11,250 daily to use ISS’ other facilities.
The agency continued, “For more than 18 years, humans have lived and worked aboard the International Space Station, conducting thousands of experiments in areas such as human research, biology, and physical science, as well as advanced technology development.”
“Many of these experiments, conducted via the ISS National Lab, have been research and development with commercial objectives. New opportunities are needed to move beyond research and development, and the station will play an essential role in enabling those opportunities for new commercial markets needed to build a sustainable ecosystem in low-Earth orbit.”