The Verge reports that four individuals are currently set to take a trip around the Earth sometime at the end of 2021 or the start of 2022 with SpaceX. This new development stems from a deal between upstart spaceflight company and Space Adventures, an established space tourism enterprise that has since been the medium by which seven different private citizens have taken trips to and from the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket and other spacecraft.
Space Adventures says that the price of this new mission with SpaceX will not be released. The two companies were also mum on certain details, like what kind of preparation the four space-tourists would have to undergo before lift-off. However, it is confirmed that the tourists will fly in a version of SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship and they will orbit the Earth more than two or three times the 402 km altitude of the ISS.
SpaceX has spent the last few years building and improving upon their new version of the Dragon craft alongside NASA. The Dragon has been used for years to take cargo to and from the ISS and is soon expected to begin shuttling astronauts as well. SpaceX has just recently completed the second major test flight of the Crew Dragon, demonstrating its ability for its capsule to escape an exploding rocket. SpaceX’s Twitter followers received a live show of the test.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX has been teasing the idea of space tourism for many years now. The company announced as early as 2017 that it accepted undisclosed payments from two customers for a trip around the moon. However as of 2018, the company has announced that only one of those passengers will be taking the trip – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa – aboard SpaceX’s new Big Falcon Rocket.
Other companies are quickly trying to establish footholds within the space tourism market, namely Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, although these two companies are offering shorter flights than what Musk has in mind for his customers. Tickets on both Virgin and Blue Origin spaceflights would cost you around $200,000 per person.
SpaceX has since uploaded a video showing off the interior of the Crew Dragon, which appears as if from a Sci-Fi film.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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