NASA Releases Space Station Commercial Price List

By Keith Cowing
February 29, 2000
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STS-51BNASA has announced its pricing schedule for commercial efforts aboard the US portion of the International Space Station. The following information is straightforward and should give you an idea of what direction NASA is taking. What remains to be seen is how NASA’s view of commercialization will compliment (or hinder) the policies established by Congress, and efforts underway in the private sector.

Background Information

  • 28 February 2000: International Space Station: Price Structure and Schedule for U.S. Resources and Accommodations, NASA HQ

    ISS Pricing: The following information on the preliminary price structure and schedule has been shared with the international partners and represents initial benchmarks for the United States share of International Space Station resources and accommodations. Prices will be updated periodically. The United States will continue to consult with its international partners on all aspects in order to achieve the greatest mutual benefit for the partnership on a coordinated finalized commercial development approach for the International Space Station. “

  • 28 February 2000: International Space Station: Price Structure and Schedule for U.S. Resources and Accommodations, NASA HQ

    “The initial structure covers standard internal and external payload accommodation sites and includes utilities for productive use of the sites. Reference bundles have been established as standard resource packages. Additional resources can be added at premium prices, if needed. Price is established for two reference bundles.”

  • 28 February 2000: Pricing Policy,Structure and Schedule for US Resources and Accommodations on the International Space Station, NASA HQ (Adobe Acrobat)

    Abstract. Pursuant to congressional action, NASA has established a pricing policy
    framework incorporating resource bundles priced through value-based pricing with a
    marginal cost floor. NASA has made provision for waiving the marginal cost floor
    requirement in the short run in order to stimulate private investment during the formative
    period of business development.The future of commercial development on the ISS will
    depend upon demand for ISS utilization at prices corresponding to a market value that
    exceeds marginal cost.”

  • 29 February 2000: Space station price list published – NASA sets up a schedule for pay-as-you-go payloads, MSNBC

    “For the first time, NASA has listed price tags for commercial projects slated for the International Space Station, with the standard package going for $20.8 million. You may have to add options, of course – and you might even be able to
    haggle over the price.”

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