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Virgin Galactic and NASA have signed a contract to arrange for private astronauts to travel to the International Space Station

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Virgin Galactic signed an agreement with NASA to operate a private space flight to the International Space Station, which will create a new space tourism project.The new space bill agreement will see Virgin Galactic train private astronauts to orbit the international space station. NASA announced last year that it wanted to use the ISS for private missions to expand its existing private sector participation in the space station. More than 50 companies have paid for space on the international space station for their own commercial research and development, where 14 commercial facilities are currently installed.

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Welcoming wealthy visitors can help NASA and its partners offset some of the costs of running the ISS. Currently, about $4 billion a year is spent on the maintenance of the international space station. NASA had previously said that two private astronauts were envisaged to travel to the international space station. At that time, the cost per passenger was estimated to be as high as $50-60 million. With today's agreement between NASA and Virgin Galactic, a new private orbital astronaut preparation plan will be developed. This will include Virgin Galactic identifying potential candidates for private missions, facilitating their physical transport, and arranging their on orbit resources. It will also be responsible for organizing related ground resources.

Last year, NASA outlined some of these costs. For example, each astronaut spends $11250 a day on regenerative life support and toilet facilities, while supplies such as food, air and sports equipment cost $22,500 a day. If you've ever complained about the data roaming fees that carriers charge, and the ISS fee of $GB 50 may make you feel better. This isn't just a pleasure project for the rich. NASA is seeing a growing demand for scientific research and development, business activities and international cooperation using the International Space Station. Private astronauts can experience everything from private citizen exploration to government-backed scientific research missions.

The private company is already developing a program to train astronauts as part of its plans for future astronauts. It will be used for private space flights, bringing passengers into low earth orbit, plus a few minutes of weightlessness, to launch from the U.S. space port in New Mexico. Some of these programmes, as well as facilities, are expected to be used for training new astronauts on the international space station.

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