Published: Thu, February 20, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX will send tourists into space next year

SpaceX will send tourists into space next year

The only downside? Well... you eventually have to come back to Earth. "Honoring our combined histories, this Dragon mission will be a special experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity - capable of reaching twice the altitude of any prior civilian astronaut mission or space station visitor". The first crewed launch of the SpaceX capsule is scheduled for this May.

SpaceX signed a deal with a space tourism company, recently.

Space Adventures remains the only company to have coordinated tourism flights to Earth's orbit.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is a crewed capsule under development that is created to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station; today, NASA relies on Russian Soyuz spacecraft for this journey. Boeing is working on a rival capsule, called Starliner, which has faced various problems during uncrewed testing.

SpaceX will fly private citizens into orbit as early as next year.

In line with previous spacefaring escapades by the one percent, would-be starmen can expect to pay anywhere between US$30-$40 million for the privilege of breaking a new record.

Based in Vienna, Virginia, Space Adventures helped arrange the flight of the world's first space tourist, Dennis Tito, founder and chairman of Wilshire Associates in California. But passengers will be able to control the spacecraft if required, she said in an email.

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The company said the Crew Dragon mission will allow four individuals to "see planet Earth the way no one has since the Gemini program" of the 1960s.

The cost of a ticket is not yet known, but it will not be cheap. Boeing's cost per seat was estimated to be around $90 million. Now, we are hearing about when SpaceX will be taking its first tourists.

Space Adventures organized eight tourism trips to the International Space Station between 2001 and 2009. Another seven, including Sarah Brightman and Lance Bass, trained for flights, but never made it into space.

Space Adventures said the cost of the mission wouldn't be uncovered, and the two organizations were light on different subtleties, similar to what sort of arrangement the travelers should experience.

Laliberte and other space tourists who flew aboard the Soyuz faced months of training in Russian Federation to familiarize them with Soyuz and space station system.

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell announced the partnership on Tuesday morning. That would be further away from Earth than anyone has travelled in decades. The tour is likely to take place in late 2021, according to a press release.

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