Boeing, and the innovative company - Space
Adventures, have established a memorandum of agreement regarding
the marketing of anticipated transportation services to
destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO) on Boeing commercial crew
Under this agreement, Space Adventures will
market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing
Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft to LEO.
Potential customers for excess seating capacity include private
individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations, and U.S.
federal agencies other than NASA.
Boeing plans to use the CST-100
to provide crew transportation to the International Space Station
(ISS) and future commercial LEO platforms.
our talents, we can better offer safe, affordable transportation
to commercial spaceflight customers,” said Brewster Shaw, vice
president and general manager of Boeing’s Space Exploration
division. “To date, all commercial flights for private spaceflight
participants to the ISS have been contracted by Space Adventures.
If NASA and the international partners continue to accommodate
commercial spaceflight participants on ISS, this agreement will be
in concert with the NASA administrator’s stated intent to promote
space commerce in low Earth orbit.”
Boeing and Space
Adventures have not yet set a price per seat for spaceflight
participants, but are expected to do so when full-scale development is under
way. Boeing continues to advance its design for the CST-100
spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Space Act
Agreement. The spacecraft, which can carry seven people, will be
able to fly on multiple launch vehicles and is expected to be
operational by 2015.
“We are excited about the potential
to offer flights on Boeing’s spacecraft,” said Eric Anderson,
co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures. “With our customer
experience and Boeing’s heritage in human spaceflight, our goal is
not only to benefit the individuals who fly to space, but also to
help make the resources of space available to the commercial
sector by bringing the value from space back to Earth.”
Space Adventures has successfully contracted and flown seven
spaceflight participants on eight missions to the International
Space Station. The company offers a
spectrum of programming that ranges from terrestrial weightless
flights to orbital missions, flights to the edge of space, and a
historic return to the Moon. Space Adventures’ clients have spent
over 2,000 hours in space, traveling over 35 million miles.
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