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Bigelow Space Operations plans to take advantage of the increased commercialization of the International Space Station (ISS).
The Nevada-based company just announced that it has reserved up to four flights to the ISS aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule.
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Bigelow Space Operations (BSO) intends to charge about $52 million per seat on these initial missions, which will last one to two months and carry up to four people apiece, company representatives said.
"The next big question is, when is this all going to happen? Once the SpaceX rocket and capsule are certified by NASA to fly people to the ISS, then this program can begin," Robert Bigelow, BSO president, wrote in a statement Tuesday (June 11), referring to SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 launcher.
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"As you might imagine, as they say, 'the devil is in the details,' and there are many," he added. "But we are excited and optimistic that all of this can come together successfully, and BSO has skin in the game."
Bigelow did not disclose how much it cost to book the flights, saying only that "BSO paid substantial sums as deposits and reservation fees" back in September 2018.
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