NASA is increasing the prices it charges commercial users of the International Space Station for cargo and other resources.
NASA said on Feb. 25 that it was updating the price list, which it published in June 2019 as part of a new low Earth orbit commercialization strategy, “to reflect full reimbursement for the value of NASA resources.”
With the removal of the subsidy, the cost to transport one kilogram of cargo up to the station has spiked from $3,000 to $20,000. The cost to bring that one kilogram back down from the station has gone up from $6,000 to $40,000. There is an increase in cost of crew member time as well; one hour of crew member time, is now $130,000, up from $17,500.
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