When will it be safe to travel on the International Space Station?
The International Space Flights Authority has announced that flights to the International Date Line and other locations will be limited on Sunday as it looks to ease congestion on the planet’s orbiting orbiting lab.
The space agency’s new travel restrictions were first announced last month, which included the banning of all flights to and from the ISS, the International Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (IGA), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The restrictions were prompted by the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak on the space station, which has seen hundreds of astronauts infected with the disease.
On Wednesday, the IGA announced that it had “unrestricted flights to, from and to the ISS” in an attempt to alleviate the pressure on its operations.
“As part of our global effort to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts and crewmembers aboard the ISS,” the IGI said, “we have restricted access to the orbiting lab to ensure that our health and safety operations are protected, while we work together to manage the virus outbreak and its impact on our operations.”
The restrictions are expected to continue through Sunday, when flights to orbit will return to normal.
The International Space Exploration Technology Command (ISSEC), which runs the orbiting laboratory, said that flights between the U.S. and Russia would be allowed.
However, it did not say how long the restrictions would last.
Currently, about 3,500 people work at the ISS.