Nothing more futuristic than this new technology of the future: SpaceX and its self-driving vehicles ready for the space race. Today, the advances in techno-science that enable the expansion of the tourism market into space are added. Space tourism is defined as the trip to space for recreational, leisure, or business purposes.
If it is a relatively new tourist modality, it has not been the lack of interest or resources of potential travelers that has delayed its commercialization, but the firm opposition of the nations that had the necessary means to make it viable. However, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia falls into a major economic crisis that leads it to accept sending people into space for recreational purposes.
Based on the increasing interest of humans in space flight. SpaceX signed a contract with Space Adventures, a space travel company, to send four passengers into Earth orbit in 2021. They will take SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule into space for a five-day space travel. This will open the space business, but the price is not expensive to spend 100 million US dollars, which has also become the exclusive tourism field of billionaires.
The first mission is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021, and those passengers must be trained before entering the space orbit. According to the plan, this journey will take about five days, and will not visit the International Space Station but will arrive in an orbit two to three times higher than the space station, and it will be about 500 miles to 750 miles (800 kilometers to 1,200 kilometers) from the earth. bypass.
This trip may exceed US $ 100 million. According to public information, the cost of launching the Falcon 9 rocket will be US $ 62 million. In addition, a manned space capsule will be built. In fact, manned space travel is already in progress. Space Adventures, a Washington-based space travel company, sent eight space passengers to the Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station (ISS); the first person was Dennis Tito.
He spent $ 20 million in 2001 in the international The space station stays for 8 hours. The last one was Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil in Canada, who went to experience it in 2009. Last year (2019) SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule carrier vehicle conducted a launch pad test. The aircraft plans to take astronauts to the International Space Station this year (2020), which is also to prepare for space travel safety.
SpaceX is actively seizing business opportunities in space tourism. In fact, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, founded by Amazon CEO Bezos, have also locked in the space tourism market, but SpaceX is currently more technologically advanced and the rocket can be recycled and then launched. Reduce launch costs. Among these three companies, only Virgin Galactic is listed, and its stock price has continued to surge.
Since the beginning of December last year, it has soared by more than 300%, which is optimistic about space tourism business opportunities. At the same time, SpaceX is also building a 100-room SpaceX Village in Boca Chica next to its rocket launch site. It is unclear what the purpose of the village is to facilitate SpaceX employees to place or create a tourist resort as a source of income for the launch site. However, the village construction site still has land acquisition problems to be solved.
Spend tens of millions of dollars to enjoy 16 sunrises and sunsets every day
According to the “Central News Agency” report, tired of the cookie-cutter Earth holiday? One day in the future, you will be able to get on a rocket and have a good view of the earth in the “space hotel” room surrounded by stars and with a great view. At least some companies promote this way.
American billionaire Dennis Tito became the world’s first person to pay for space travel in 2001. Reports say he spent 20 million US dollars on the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.
Since then, Boeing, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and other companies have also begun to explore ways to get people closer to the stars, and business opportunities for space travel have emerged.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced in June that it plans to open two citizens to stay at the International Space Station every year starting from 2020 at the earliest, with a fee of $35,000 per night, and a maximum stay of one month.
The founder of Orion Span, Bangor, said that by 2024, Orion Span intends to take the first batch of tourists into the company’s space hotel Aurora Station.
Bunge said that up to 5 tourists will stay in this private jet-sized, capsule-shaped spacecraft accompanied by the crew. Each person can spend at least US$9.5 million to stay in space for 12 days. There are currently about 30 People prepaid 80,000 US dollars to reserve seats.
He said that tourists will participate in scientific experiments in space, enjoy about 16 sunrises and sunsets a day, and play table tennis under zero gravity.
But while all parties are gearing up to march into space tourism, some people question the suitability of the current space law.
Space Initiative “Secure World Foundation” (Secure World Foundation) space law consultant Jonson (Christopher Johnson) said: “Now, it is difficult to get a clear answer (from space law) about doing something in space.”