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$50 Million Will Get You 30 Days Aboard The International Space Station

NASA has announced a plan to allow tourists to fly on the International Space Station starting next year.

Up to two private astronaut missions will be allowed per year, each lasting 30 days at most.

But, a trip to space won’t come cheap – with life support systems and all necessary supplies considered, it will cost an eye-watering $35,000 per night at minimum.

The announcement came as NASA unveiled its new business model on Friday, revealing a plan to incorporate more commercial and marketing opportunities ‘both in low-Earth orbit and around the moon.’

NASA has announced a plan to allow tourists to fly on the International Space Station for the first time starting next year. File photo

‘Today is a very remarkable day,’ NASA’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt said in a press conference Friday morning.

‘NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before.’

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Rubicon Hitch Tent

Built sturdy for overland expedition use, the Rubicon Hitch Tent puts your two- or three-person roof...
Built sturdy for overland expedition use, the Rubicon Hitch Tent puts your two- or three-person roof tent on the hitch(Credit: Rubicon Expedition Products)

If you were looking over an SUV or truck trying to find the roof-top tent (RTT), the most logical place to look would be … the roof. But California startup Rubicon Expedition Products wants people to expand their idea of what a roof-top tent is and where it belongs on the vehicle. Its Hitch Tent system drops the roof tent down to hitch level, making it easier to load and unload and freeing up the vehicle for day trips. The integrated frame stands the tent above the cold, rocky ground below. read more

Tailgating on Steroids

Thor Industries brand Heartland presents the Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV, which took home the award in...
Thor Industries brand Heartland presents the Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV, which took home the award in the “Team Tailgate” category(Credit: C.C. Weiss/New Atlas)

Thor Industries used the inaugural RVX show to get serious about production and potential production RVs like the Sequence camper van and Tuscany Lithium concept motorhome. But it also kicked back and had some fun … a lot of fun. Its custom-designed Heartland Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate trailer pulls up stadium-side, screens all the biggest games of the day on more than half a dozen TVs, keeps the beer flowing with a built-in keg fridge, and provides plenty of space to relax with dual decks, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and a garage bar. Forget going into the stadium; the real entertainment is hitched to the truck. read more

Romotow Swing-Out Camper

Romotow owners will undoubtedly make full use of that deck on their journeys
Romotow owners will undoubtedly make full use of that deck on their journeys (Credit: W2)

Almost exactly six years ago, in the younger, more innocent days of 2012, we looked at an absolutely wild caravan concept from New Zealand architecture and engineering firm W2. The Swiss Army-like Romotow was a vision of a swing-out trailer with a combination of cabin space and sheltered deck, easily packed up and towed to camp but doubly spacious once there. At the time, even W2 wasn’t sure if it would move past the concept stage, and to be honest, we didn’t really expect to see it again. But fast-forward to late 2018 and W2 is deep in the works building the very first model, with sales to commence next year. read more

NASA Announces Commercial Space Flights

Artist's concept of the Crew Dragon
Artist’s concept of the Crew Dragon(Credit: SpaceX)

NASA has announced the dates for the first flights of the commercial manned space capsules that will be used to ferry astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station (ISS). read more

Luxury Floating Home

Arkup liveable yacht concept: take it somewhere beautiful as the ultimate home base
Arkup liveable yacht concept: take it somewhere beautiful as the ultimate home base(Credit: Arkup)

Florida-based company Arkup has floated the concept of an off-grid, liveable luxury yacht. Powered by 30 kW of solar and twin electric thrusters, these high-class, ultra modern double decker units have hydraulic legs capable of stabilizing and lifting them out of the water. read more

Luxury Camping with Geodesic Domes

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes
Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes(Credit: Max Valsan)

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series of gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects. The luxury dome accommodation is a new concept for the Four Seasons chain and promises a one-of-a-kind glamping experience all year round. read more

India Unveils World’s Tallest Statue

The Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, has officially opened to the public
The Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, has officially opened to the public(Credit:Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

Right on schedule, the world’s tallest statue has officially opened in India. Standing almost 600 ft (182 m) tall, the new Statue of Unity depicts Indian freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, and was dedicated by India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at a ceremony on October 31. read more

Feher Lid Air Conditioned Motorcycle Helmet

Feher Helmets: cooling the head can make a big difference to how your whole body feels...
Feher Helmets: cooling the head can make a big difference to how your whole body feels on a long, hot ride(Credit: Feher Helmets)

Steve Feher wants to cool motorcyclists’ heads, using the same technology he invented to cool drivers’ butts. The Feher helmet is the world’s first fully integrated air conditioned motorcycle helmet, and it claims to keep your head 10-15 degrees cooler than the outside world. read more

New Overkill Camper

We look at the OverKill S.O.5.10 at Overland Expo West 2018

We look at the OverKill S.O.5.10 at Overland Expo West 2018(Credit: C.C. Weiss/New Atlas)

Finding the average camping trailer ill-prepared for all of the obstacles of life on the road, a new Oregon-based company is building its off-road caravan up to an “overkill” standard. While one man’s overkill might be another’s shortage, it seems clear that OverKill Campers has gone above and beyond average with its S.O.5.10 off-road trailer. The package includes a rugged steel frame, honeycomb core composite body with expansion slide-out, and wraparound galley, among other features. read more