NASA’s Commercial and Marketing Pricing Policy for ISS

International Space Station (Credit: NASA)

NASA has reserved a set amount of resources intended to serve Commercial and Marketing Activities, as shown in Figure A.

Credit: NASA

The International Space Station resources identified in Figure B are:

  1. Available for purchase;
  2. Shall be provided only on a non-interference basis; and
  3. Subject to change if crew safety (including Private Astronauts), vehicle safety, and/or mission objectives are at risk.

All Commercial and Marketing Activities that use space station resources shall require a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (RSAA) or another arrangement with NASA to recover costs to NASA. U.S Entities may not resell purchased resources under any circumstances.

NASA is restricted from competing with the U.S. private sector; therefore, if, at any point, a U.S. Entity is available to provide any of these resources, NASA shall, to the best of its ability, migrate the provision of such services to the non-U.S. government provider.

The prices represented in Table B do not reflect full recovery of NASA’s costs and may be subject to adjustment. NASA shall reassess the value and amount of available resources approximately every six months and make adjustments as necessary. These prices are for the specific purposes noted in this policy. Alternate prices are utilized for activities outside of this policy.

Credit: NASA

The requirements in NPR 9090.1 with respect to an Agency CFO waiver are not required for the pricing offered under this NID. The JSC Center CFO is delegated latitude to design an appropriate EPR process to capture costs and waived amounts for subject activities; the requirements of NPR 9090 otherwise remain in full effect.

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  • newpapyrus

    Hopefully, this policy or the ISS will end after private commercial space stations are deployed. The ISS is supposed to be a space laboratory– not a tourist attraction.

    In the future, space laboratories should be independent facilities co-orbiting near habitats that are used to accommodate scientist and tourist (microgravity hotels). This will allow experiments to be conducted without the interference of normal human activities (exercise, recreation, sex, etc). FlexCraft could be used to periodically visit the co-orbiting floating laboratories when necessary.


  • Jeff Smith

    NASA just became a market maker. This, after spending a decade+ developing the necessary transportation market (COTS/CommCrew).

    We now have a spot price, let’s see how the market responds.

  • Luke Helenthal

    Yawn….been there, done that with the shuttle pre-Challenger missions, commercial space research, payload specialists, SpaceHab, etc. After Challenger, commercial missions ended, and all non-government sponsored research stopped. NASA is completely ineffective in implementing commercial space policy, and should recognize this and get out of the way for SpaceX and Blue Origin.