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Commercial Use of the International Space Station

The International Space Station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab that took place following its undocking from the Harmony module’s space-facing port on Nov. 8, 2021. The orbital complex was flying 263 miles above the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean when this photograph was taken.

NASA is laying the foundation for America to maintain a human presence in low Earth orbit in which one day NASA will become one of many customers in a robust commercial marketplace. To realize that goal, NASA has opened the International Space Station (ISS) for business to enable commercial and marketing opportunities on the microgravity laboratory. Since making these opportunities available, there has been a growing demand for commercial and marketing activities from both traditional aerospace companies and from novel industries, demonstrating the benefits of the space station to help catalyze and expand space exploration markets and the low Earth orbit economy.

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Image of a bright blue ocean on Earth that was captured from a window on the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft as it approached the International Space Station.

How NASA’s Work Led to Commercial Spaceflight Revolution

Night image of Earth's glow with stars in the background as seen from the space station

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NASA Interim Directive (NID)

Figure A: Resources Allocated for Commercial Usage (not to scale)

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