The requirements of private astronauts, astronauts with long-term missions change rapidly.

NASA’s 2017 Class of Astronauts attends the graduation ceremony on January 10, 2020 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It is the first class to graduate under the Artemis program, and 13 astronauts are now eligible for international tasks. Space station, Artemis mission to the moon and eventually mission to Mars. (Image credit: NASA)

It will be completely different for any astronauts than they were before the 2020 astronauts, a panel of astronauts told the Virtual International Astronautical Congress Wednesday (October 14).

The environment of the spaceflight is changing rapidly due to many different factors. The International Space Station (ISS) is putting more emphasis in commercialization and will soon welcome more and more large space agency employees on commercial driverless vehicles while bringing in some private astronauts.