Excursion to the ISS for $ 52 million: what you get for the money?

52 million dollars suddenly appeared in your pocket and really tight. So you decide what to do with them. To buy their own island? Boring. A new “Lamba”? Tired. How about to go to a five star hotel under the name “international space station“? Here you will find: uncomfortable restrooms, sleeping upside-down, cramped room and space. A lot of space. The proposal last week presented billionaire Robert Bigelow.

His company Bigelow Space Operations says that in the coming years will be sent to the ISS to 16 private astronauts. Bigelow said that over 52 million dollars you will receive a place in the SpaceX rocket and one or two month stay in orbit. Of course, it depends on what SpaceX will begin transporting crews. It is expected that this will happen by 2020. Further details about the plans of Bigelow is not much, but from 2018 it has retained “a considerable amount” to reserve future four flight SpaceX specifically for space tourism.

And promised Bigelow space hotels by 2021. This term is at best optimistic.

How much is a ticket to the ISS and what is there to do?

Journey into space is definitely a luxury. But to live in orbit? When astronauts NASA’s Peggy Whitson, who spent more time in space than any other American, was asked after returning from the last mission to the ISS on her experience, she said, “I would call it a hike”. To pitch a tent in space. Here, they can count on the super-rich people during his stay on the space station.

The ISS is the biggest object we’ve ever sent into space, but on earthly standards it is still fairly close. The volume of the station 32 333 cubic feet, much like a Boeing 747. But only a third of this volume is habitable. In contrast to private aircraft, this space will be available to use 10 people: six government and four private astronaut. Sounds awful. But if Scott Kelly was able to spend at the station for a year, which is already there a month or two?

Berths on the ISS is quite cozy. Each astronaut has his own sleeping compartment, large enough to fit a person and a laptop. Tourists on the ISS don’t have to worry about a pillow or blanket. Pillow in space is not needed, and a blanket is a sleeping bag tied to the wall.

The ISS has a kitchen. But if the tourists expect to be able to indulge in fresh cream, it is not. The diet of an astronaut involves a lot rehydration energy products, however affordable and snacks like cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Pellets will be a lot.

It would seem, not to SIP a bit of tequila on this vacation, but on the ISS prohibition. In the 70’s, NASA tried to send into orbit a little booze, but the negative public reaction was quickly ruined those plans.

As for the bathroom, it is little better than a pit dug in the campaign. Slightly, but better. To urinate, the astronaut need prilovchitsya to write in a vacuum funnel on a high-tech pot. Defecation is also very entertaining. The astronaut must make sure that the excreta fall into a hole the size of a plate, and then absorbed in the plastic bag. Will have to eat a lot of fiber, because if the package is filled, there will be terrible. In space, everything floats, so a collision is imminent.

But there will be a time for rest. You can drift around the dome, looking at the Ground. Only a few hundred people in Earth’s history had such an opportunity. You can swim around the station to rock in a rocking chair, to shoot cool video. Data transfer is $ 50 per Gigabyte, but if you have already paid $ 52 million, you get a discount.

Okay, a day or two to hang out. What to do for the next month? On the ISS the astronauts not getting enough rest. NASA plans mode astronaut to the minute, and most of the time they spend on experimenting and repair stations. What about EVAs? It’s highly unlikely. Suits for extra-vehicular activity are worth 10 million dollars and made to order. In addition, the space vacuum is a dangerous thing. Better to leave it to those who has spent his entire career.

Well, if you are satisfied, Bigelow accepts your booking. And start to prepare. If you would be disqualified for medical reasons, no one in space will not take.

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