NASA began work on a program of astronauts on a suborbital spacecraft, said the head of the Agency Jim Breidenstein.
“NASA is developing the process of flying astronauts on commercial suborbital space ships,” he wrote on Twitter.
This will be used “innovative commercial opportunities” of the United States, he said.
BREAKING: @NASA is developing the process to fly astronauts on commercial suborbital spacecraft. Whether it’s suborbital, orbital, or deep space, NASA will utilize our nation’s innovative commercial capabilities. RFI will be released next week. pic.twitter.com/MOvRMywZAK
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) June 19, 2020
In March, NASA published a photo of the new Mars Rover called Perseverance.