British astronaut Tim Peake has submitted an invoice to the International Space Station’s finance office to cover travel and time spent on-site, to the tune of several million pounds.
Mr Peake insisted that he charges a flat rate per project before labour and materials, regardless of work completed, and that Mission Control would have known this if they had requested an estimate.
The tradesman, who advertises his availability for aeronautical systems maintenance, low orbit engineering and boiler installation, claimed that as the work was cut short by a faulty spacesuit provided by the client, it was therefore ‘not his problem’. He also insisted further work would be put on hold while they ‘wait for parts’.
Mr Peake has since left the space station for a job in Crawley, while a team of cheaper Eastern European astronauts have flown in to complete the project