NASA Looks to Use Space Tourism Vehicles for Microgravity Experiments

NASA wants in on suborbital space rides
Discovery Channel

There’s a new customer lining up for rides aboard commercial spaceships being designed to ferry passengers into suborbital space — NASA.

No, the U. S. government isn’t looking to break into the space tourism business — at least not yet. But the agency is interested in what science can be done during the three- to five-minute suborbital hops.

That’s how much time experiments — and tourists — would spend in microgravity during rides being offered by aspiring space launch services firms including Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace and others.