The idea of sending regular people into space used to be the stuff of science fiction. The same sort of far-fetched science fiction that included flying cars and colonies on Mars. Well, start getting your space suit ready and strap in, because those days might be closer than you think.
You may not realize this, but space tourism has already happened. In the early 2000s, Space Adventures took seven tourists to the International Space Station. Since then, space tourism has gone back to being a dream. Now that dream is close to becoming a reality for several companies.
If you’re curious about space tourism, you’ve come to the right place. Read on and we’ll introduce you to a few major space tourism companies. These businesses are at the forefront of the mission to make space tourism a reality for thousands of people in the next few years.
Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group brand are the closest company to bringing tourists into outer space.
Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane VSS Unity is in the final stages of testing and has already successfully entered outer space. The spaceplane would be able to carry six passengers on an exciting journey to the edge of space.
In addition to having the right technology to take people into space, Virgin Galactic has the business know-how and the capital to make it happen. Virgin Galactic is now a publicly-traded company, so even if you don’t want to go to space yourself you can at least own a piece of a space travel company.
Virgin Galactic’s space journeys will cost around $250,000 and over 600 people have already paid deposits. This gives them plenty of money to perfect this technology.
If you’re worried about the safety of a space trip, never fear. Some companies like ErectaStep aren’t planning space tourism trips but are assisting companies with the technology, which you can read more here about.
Amazon has already mastered how to bring you all of the goods you could possibly need in less than a day, so why not bring you to space?
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, launched Blue Origin way back in the early 2000s. The goal was to eventually make space tourism a reality. Since then his company and space technology has grown immensely. That dream is closer than ever to being a reality.
Like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin has already been testing their spacecraft for missions. Blue Origins’ spacecraft New Shepard is a capsule, where six passengers would have space to float freely. You could even do space somersaults, which everyone who has watched a space movie has dreamed of doing.
While Blue Origin hasn’t yet set a price or started taking reservations, they do have a pre-reservation registration. Sign up and you can be one of the first to know when official reservations open up.
Blue Origin also has grand future plans for living and working in space, taking advantage of our universes unlimited resources and helping to save our planet. While the idea of living in space seems far-fetched, so did space travel years ago, so who knows what could happen?
If travelling to outer space on a quick trip there and back doesn’t seem like enough of an adventure, then Orion Span is the company for you.
The plan is to build the most expensive hotel with the best view imaginable. That’s right, Orion Span is building a hotel in space, also known as a space station for private consumers.
Four guests and two crew members will live in a cabin 200 miles above the earth, sharing real estate with the International Space Station and nobody else.
After undergoing approximately three months of training, guests will be able to spend 12 days in space. The initial deposit is $80,000 with the full reservation costing over $9 million.
The Aurora Station is scheduled to open in 2022. The first four months of reservations are already sold out, so if you have way too much money and want to spend almost two weeks in space, you better act soon.
Elon Musk has long been the face of commercial space ventures and plenty of other technology that we once thought was unattainable. The Tesla chief executive launched SpaceX with the goal of eventually sending tourists to outer space, but has focused mostly on launching satellites, which has been largely successful.
SpaceX’s venture into space tourism is a lot more ambitious than its competitors, with plans to send people all the way to the moon. The #dearMoon project conceived and financed by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will send himself and several other artists on a six-day tour around the moon.
This project is expected to come to fruition in 2023. While Musk has spoken openly about more space tourism projects, there are currently reservations available. However, SpaceX does have a contract with NASA to send astronauts to the Internation Space Station. This contract has future potential to bring tourists, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on that.
While these are the biggest space tourism companies involved in the space tourism game, they certainly aren’t the only ones with grand ideas for making space travel a reality.
Boeing is already a giant in air travel, even if the company has come under fire recently for the horrific accidents with several of their commercial aircraft.
The company, much like SpaceX, is contracted to bring astronauts to the International Space Station. Their CST-100 Starliner crew capsule is in the final stages of construction. It is expected to launch its first unmanned test mission in December 2019.
Space Adventures may have stopped taking people to the International Space Station, but they have announced that they’re getting back into space tourism. The company has plans to bring people to the moon, but not for a while.
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