SpaceX will launch private citizens into orbit

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 20, 2020

It came after the USA space agency NASA announced in June of 2019 that it was opening the ISS for private citizens, under its Commercial Crew Program, including the rocket-and-capsule systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

We reached out to SpaceX for more information about the trip, and they connected Mashable to a Space Adventures spokesperson who said trip details will be finalized once the four customers are confirmed. Space Adventures signed an agreement with Boeing in 2010 to offer unused Starliner seats to private citizens for visits to the space station.

Other companies involved in space tourism are Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. Of course, you can't just book those trips even if you're fabulously wealthy.

Space Adventures' collaboration with SpaceX is a bit different. For private, non-NASA free flights like the ones Space Adventures plans with the Crew Dragon, missions presumably would be controlled from the ground and would not require an experienced pilot-astronaut. The tourism business, which has already delivered seven space tourists to the International Space Station, with team up with Elon's Musketeers to send the well-heeled wanderers out into orbit, and then return then safely back to Earth. "The passengers will be familiar with the system to be able to control the spacecraft if required".

SpaceX could send private citizens to outer space within the next two years. The private aerospace manufacturer has enlisted premium tour provider Space Adventures in order to give four individuals the opportunity to see "Earth in a way no one has since the Gemini program", and shatter a world record or two in the bargain.

Like SpaceX, Boeing also envisages sending tourists into space, but the program's development is hampered by major glitches that resulted in the early termination of an uncrewed test flight in December. The last to go was Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, in 2009.

When they were little, a lot of boys were dreaming of becoming astronauts and be space tourists.

The total duration of the mission is said to be up to five days, Space Adventures revealed in a promotional video.

According to Space Adventures, the lucky four passengers will have to complete a few weeks of training beforehand to become rookie Buzz Aldrins.

At its earliest, it could take place by late 2021, though "probably more likely is sometime in 2022", he said.

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