Boeing Reaches Deal for Space Travel
Under the deal, Space Adventures will sell the seats on the Boeing CST-100, which is still on the drawing boards, but which Boeing says it plans to have operating by 2015.
The Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 is being designed to provide crew transportation to the space station and for future LEO (low Earth orbit) platforms.
But passengers can also pay to come along for the ride.
Pricing has not yet been set, but in a press release, Space Adventures says it plans to sell the seats to "private individuals, companies, non-government organizations, and U.S. federal agencies other than NASA."
Boeing says it's happy to let Space Adventures do the marketing.
"By combining our talents, we can better offer safe, affordable transportation to commercial spaceflight customers," says Brewster Shaw, vice president and general manager of Boeing's Space Exploration division.
Space Adventures already sells seats on trips to the space station aboard the Russian-built Soyuz spaceship. So far, seven customers have done eight flights.
NASA has said it's fine with private companies carrying both astronauts and tourists to the space station.
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