Tourists can now book seats on “Space Taxi” for a vacation to International Space Station (ISS). Boeing, one of the NASA’s chosen company to transport astronauts to ISS, has planned to develop this “Space Taxi” for both astronauts and tourists.
Boeing has signed a 5-year agreement with NASA worth $4.2 billion dollars to take tourists to outer space. The ticket price has not been announced but it might be around $50 million which is what Russian Space Agency is charging. NASA aims for the first launch under the program in 2017.
Boeing plans to revolutionize the space travel rather costly as its rival, Space X claims to offer space tourism at 40 percent less development cost i.e. $2.6 million. Space X has not revealed any further information on its space travel project.
NASA signed contracts with Boeing and Space X for their cover design, building, testing their spaceship and up to six missions to fly astronauts to the station, almost two per year. The usual rivalry prevents United States to rely on Russian made engines for rocket launches. Therefore, United Launch Alliance will invest in new rocket engines to be developed by Blue Origin, a private company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
Sarah Brightman, a British singer, will undergo space training for a 10-day visit to ISS paying $22 million. She will be the eighth paying passenger to travel to the station.
The “Space Taxi” program will allow NASA to transport passengers to and from orbit. The soon to be reality will also end NASA’s expensive dependence on Russian made engines.
Get ready for a blast into the orbit as Boeing and Space X are working on the “Space Taxi” along with NASA.