SpaceX has recently started to sell tickets for space enthusiasts. The tourists will be able to travel to space on the same type of probe that will fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
By partnering with the space tourism agency Space Adventures, four tickets are now available for purchase to fly further than the ISS in the Crew Dragon capsule. Space Adventures is not novel to the space industry, as between 2001 and 2009, it managed to send seven people to the ISS on board of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. One single trip cost a few tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Space Adventures stated that the cost of the mission would not be revealed, and the two companies did not share any more details, such as what type of preparation the visitors will have to undergo in order to fly to space.
“The price of the mission won’t be revealed, but [is] in the range as other orbital spaceflight alternatives,” Space Adventures representative Stacey Tearne said.
Both SpaceX and Space Adventures said on Tuesday that those traveling on space will fly in the human-designed version of the Crew Dragon probe and that they will orbit Earth at about two to three times the 250-mile height of the ISS.
Space Tourism Will Soon be Possible
Since the announcement, it has been selling tickets to wealthy individuals, such as Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft was created to transport NASA astronauts to the ISS. The probe has successfully carried out an uncrewed mission in March 2019 and has its first manned expedition planned for this year.
The flight in which space tourists will be on is set to take off sometime in 2021 or 2022. Until then, the plan might change and take a different path. The expedition will involve orbiting Earth for up to five days at a higher altitude than the ISS, a post of Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson on Twitter reads.