Published: Thu, March 12, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX signs deal to send tourists, others to International Space Station

SpaceX signs deal to send tourists, others to International Space Station

The Dragon spacecraft used for this launch reached the ISS twice in the past, first for a resupply mission in February 2017 and then again in December 2018.

While traveling to the ISS will consume two days, the tourists will get at least eight days to experience the "microgravity and views of Earth that can only be fully appreciated in the large, venerable station".

Axiom said it will provide all the training, planning, hardware, life support, medical support, crew provisions, safety certifications and on-orbit operations for travelers willing to take the jump into spaceflight.

If all goes according to the plan and the leftover seats are booked, SpaceX will ferry all three tourists to the space station by the end of 2021.

Axiom's tourism mission could mark the first time in history that a U.S. spacecraft is used to take tourists to the ISS.

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have reportedly grown red romaine lettuce which is free of disease-causing microbes and safe to eat. The company also did not release details on who will be flying on the mission.

"In the long-term, Nasa's goal is to become one of many customers purchasing services from independent, commercial and free-flying habitable destinations in low-Earth orbit", Nasa explained previous year.

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Axiom has not yet revealed how much a ticket aboard the company's maiden mission will cost.

The Dragon also contained treats for the two Americans and one Russian at the space station: grapefruit, oranges, apples, tomatoes, Skittles, Hot Tamales and Reese's Pieces.

As per the deal, all the required logistics of the trip for the three private citizens will be managed by Axiom Space. Discussions are underway between the agency and the company to establish agreements for other private astronaut missions to the ISS.

Last month, the company struck a deal with Space Adventures, a company that has flown seven space tourists to the International Space Station over the years, to fly up to four passengers on a five-day trip to orbit Earth. Future uncrewed cargo missions will make use of SpaceX's upgraded Crew Dragon capsule, also known as Dragon 2, in accordance with a second CRS contract award announced in 2016.

SpaceX, a space transportation services company and aerospace manufacturer- owned by billionaire Elon Musk, is now offering non-astronauts or tourists to travel with them in deep space. In 2019, NASA had announced that it was opening up the station to private astronauts, it said it would cost United States dollars 35,000 (about RM146,000) a night for each person.

"These flights, along with helping to grow and serve the demand for access to LEO in the near term, will give our operational procedures formal testing to prepare for when we begin managing flights to our own modules", Holder said.

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