Boeing’s proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company’s program manager told Reuters on Wednesday. That would mark a first for the U.S. space program.
The $4.2 billion, five-year contract allows Boeing to sell rides to tourists, said John Mulholland, who manages for Boeing’s commercial crew program. Flights are due to begin in 2017. Mulholland said the price would be competitive with what the Russian space agency now charges to fly tourists to the orbital outpost. “Part of our proposal into NASA would be flying a Space Adventures spaceflight participant up to the ISS,” Mulholland said.