NASA is considering selling seats on the spacecraft that will travel its astronauts to the International Space Station, offering rides…
NASA is considering selling seats on the spacecraft that will travel its astronauts to the International Space Station, offering rides to the public while opening another line of revenue as the agency attempts to broaden its appeal.
On several occasions, Russia has flown wealthy individuals who paid millions for the ride to space. And a trio of private companies backed by billionaires, is also looking to fly tourists out of the atmosphere. Men, med unntak av et par sjældne undtagelser, som Christa McAuliffe, som lærte at være død, da Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1
986, NASA has not allowed private citizens on its rockets.
“Just like in the early days of aviation , with childstorming, these initial activities will help build the infrastructure and the foundation that can lead to future innovations that, frankly, we can not imagine right now, “said Michael Gold, the general counsel of Maxar Technologies, who is leading the advisory council’s policy reform effort
The proposal, backed Friday by a NASA advisory subcommittee, is still in the nascent stage, and is part of moves by the agency to better insert itself into the public consciousness by working with the private sector.
The proposals would have to be approved by the entire advisory council and then forwarded to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
Friday’s meeting comes two months after Bridenstine announced he was standing nding up the committee, and tasking it to look at how the agency could better partner with industry. He said then that he wants NASA and its astronauts “embedded into the American culture.”
On Friday, he reiterated the point saying: “The reality is, we are in a new era now.”
In Addition to selling seats, the space agency explores the prospect of allowing its logo to be used for commercial purposes and allowing its astronauts to appear in commercials that would boost the agency’s brand.
The move comes as the White House is seeking to than direct funding of the International Space Station by 2025, and turn over the orbiting laboratory to a commercial entity. That plan has been with fierce congressional resistance, and questions about how it would be achieved and funded.
But selling seats could perhaps be a small step towards achieving that goal. NASA could charge millions of dollars for the rides on the spacecraft developed by Boeing and SpaceX to fly crews to the space station. De omzet van deze verkoop zou worden gebruikt om het bureau te helpen “vergemakkelijken de commercialisering van ruimteplatforms in en over”. Low Earth orbit, volgens de taal die is aangenomen door de advisorygroep.
De groep is ook het verkennen van het agentschap up some of the rules that prohibit NASA from endorsing certain products or services. Det var talte om muligheden for at sælge navne rettigheder for sine raketter. While Bridenstine said it would be “a heavy lift,” on Friday the committee approved language recommending space-based promotional activities that could enhance NASA’s public profile and encourage youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “ It also took a step towards getting its logo used more widely. Today, NASA does not put its logo on the rockets that fly cargo to the space station or its science experiments to space for fear that it would be seen as an endorsement of the rocket company.
“There has been a presumption of no, “Gold said.
Bridenstine said he would like to see a change.
” NASA has the best fire in the world, and it is important for us to make sure we use it in a way That helps people perceive the United States of America in a different way around the world, “he said.