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NASA seeks proposals for 2 new private astronaut missions to ISS

NASA seeks proposals for 2 new private astronaut missions to ISS. The United States space agency is now accepting bids for two additional commercial astronaut

NASA seeks proposals for 2 new private astronaut missions to ISS. The United States space agency is now accepting bids for two additional commercial astronaut flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

The first mission will take place between the autumn of 2022 and the middle of 2023. While the second will take place between the middle of 2023 and the end of 2023.

“A private astronaut mission entails the transportation of private astronauts to the space station using US commercial spacecraft. Where they execute operations onboard the orbiting laboratory or a commercial structure linked to it. NASA is allowing private astronauts to launch up to two short-duration trips each year. “The space agency announced the development in a statement on Friday.

With these prospects, US commercial enterprises will continue to play a critical part in the agency’s Commercial LEO Development Program’s establishment of a persistent presence in low-Earth orbit (LEO).

“This year is undoubtedly a watershed moment for human spaceflight. As we send NASA and international partner astronauts to the International Space Station aboard US commercial crew spacecraft and as private astronaut missions expand,” said Phil McAlister, NASA’s director of commercial spaceflight development.

“As more individuals go to space and accomplish more during their spaceflights. It encourages even more individuals to do more operations in low-Earth orbit. That reflecting the rising market we anticipated ten years ago when we launched the Commercial Crew Program,” he continued.

NASA seeks private astronaut missions to ISS

The second and third private astronaut trips to the International Space Station will be the next targeted flying chances.

NASA has inked a deal with Axiom Space for the launch of the first private astronaut mission in January 2022.

Each new quest will last up to 14 days. Dates are subject to change based on spacecraft traffic to and from the space station, as well as in-orbit activity planning and limitations.

“This approach will provide the government with essential services at a lower cost, letting NASA focus on the Artemis missions to the Moon and Mars while continuing to use low-Earth orbit as a training and proving ground for deep space missions,” NASA stated.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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