From the hand of Elon Musk, SpaceX begins the era of space traveling. For a long time, Musk has begun to talk about the possibility of turning space tourism into something viable thanks to his company SpaceX.
While the company has so far limited itself to sending satellites and material to the International Space Station ISS, with no passengers on board, they now hope that by the end of 2021 or mid-2022, they can begin private trips with a total of four tourists who would travel on their first mission.
In a partnership with Space Adventures, SpaceX is looking to make its first tourist trip by the end of next year. A total of four tourists will travel on their ship and will be selected by Space Adventures. The price of the ticket to leave Earth as well as the necessary training and tests they will have to perform, is something they do not intend to reveal at this time, as they have indicated so far.
SpaceX: a private space tourism company
They explain that the spacecraft will orbit the Earth two or three times at an altitude of approximately 400 kilometres. The spacecraft will be the SpaceX Crew Dragon, a capsule designed specifically to transport people and which the company has tested many times, in the hope of sending astronauts into space in collaboration with NASA.
SpaceX is now the private space company that makes the most media noise, partly thanks to its reusable rockets. In addition to transporting goods and satellites, they also seek to transport astronauts and citizens who pay their own round-trip ticket to space. On more than one occasion they have shown various ideas and concepts in this regard.
Along with this first mission for tourists, SpaceX also plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on a trip around the moon. The trip was planned for the end of 2018 but was delayed with the idea of using a Big Falcon Rocket as a delivery rocket, which is not yet built. Previously the Falcon Heavy was going to be used with the Crew Dragon capsule.
Anyway, SpaceX is neither the only nor the first company to devise missions for space tourists. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin (by Jeff Bezos) are two other companies that want to make space trips for tourists. In these two cases the ambitions are less and propose trips of a few minutes of weightlessness and not orbit the Earth for several days. In this case, it is well known that those who want to pay for this “space taste” will have to give up $200,000 per person. Nothing expensive if you take into account all that is needed for a trip of these characteristics.
It seems that at last “the flat earthers” will be able to get up high enough in space to prove their theories once and for all.