Parking spots in space - who would’ve thought this could ever be a real thing? Last Saturday 2 US astronauts floated around the International Space Station to begin rigging parking spots for two new commercial space taxis.
The US space agency will perform 3 spacewalks to create parking spots for the Boeing and SpaceX. NASA awarded contracts to these two commercial space taxis to develop, test and fly capsules that can taxi astronauts to and from the station.
Video: "Spacewalking astronauts rigging station for new U.S. space taxis "
Boeing is building two International Docking Adapters on which the commercial space taxis will dock. They are estimated to be sent to the ISS later this year on board the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. However, before the docking adapters arrive, astronauts will have to make necessary rearrangements on the ISS.
Video: Astronauts prep ISS 'parking spots' for space taxis