Bumming a ride on Russian rockets will soon be a few million dollars more expensive. Inflation y'know. Russia will charge US astronauts $51m for a round trip to the International Space Station beginning in 2012, a Russian space official said on Wednesday. NASA said earlier it plans to reserve up to 24 seats aboard the Russian …
'Strewth, that's one helluva business flight. Not even a glass of complimentary champagne on boarding. Even at the destination, the food's crap, and, worse, the water's piss-awful...
Hope they get air miles...
NASA over a barrel?
Title says it all. What were they going to do, walk there?
Paris, cos I'm sure she's been over a...
Sorta make you proud...
...how well they've learned the lessons of monopoly capitalism!
If they don't know what a contract is...
Obviously a contract doesn't mean much, the US should just scrap the whole thing and put the money into accelerating their program.
Gotta suck when the shoe is on the other foot! bahaha
Won't last long, the EU will fine the russians for anti-competitive behaviour
@ If they don't know what a contract is...
The present contract ends in 2011, and the new one starts in 2012.
Nothing will really change next year as far as sending crews to and from the ISS is concerned. The Shuttle can;t stay up long enough to provide for emergency evacuation.
And Ares is meant for going back to the Moon. Overkill for servicing the ISS.
Actually, this is saving money
With the cost of each Shuttle flight reckoned to be around US$60million, NASA will still be saving US$9million with each trip that isn't on the Shuttle.
Why all of these space tourism reports...
... people have been saying for years that no one is willing to pay millions of dollars for a joy ride into space. The Russians should catch a clue and stop offering this service.
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