The first tourist in space was Dennis Tito, a 60-year-old American businessman who left the earth's surface on April 28, 2001. He lived most of his 8-day journey on the International Space Station (ISS). And he paid $ 20 million for his trip.
Until this year, there were six other space tourists traveling to the ISS aboard a Soyuz. And that's not over yet. Many private companies intend to launch tourist space programs. They are now testing their ships and preparing their customers for space.
Let's see which companies are ready to take us to heaven, of course, for a big price!
Orion Span ̵
In early April, Orion Span announced plans to begin building a space station in 2021. It will have two private suites and can accommodate four guests and two crew members. Before the trip, customers will receive a 24-month training program to prepare for their visit to space. There will be a 12-day mission at a cost of $ 9.5 million per person – less than the price of $ 20- $ 50 million to stay aboard the ISS. Aurora Station plans to sell space condos for those who want to live in space.
Virgin Galactic – the SpaceShipTwo spaceship
Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 and has a SpaceShipTwo spaceship that will take tourists on board to fly beneath Earth's orbit. They plan to accommodate the tourists at a distance of 330,000 feet. The flight takes only a few minutes and costs $ 250,000. Passengers do not need too much training for it. By 2017, 650 tickets were sold for this trip.
In late 2018 or 2019, Blue Origin plans to launch passengers in a capsule on a rocket through the New Shepard program. The missions take 11 minutes and passengers need a training day – such as mission simulations, safety instructions, surveys. The tickets have not been released yet, but they will cost a few hundred thousand dollars.
Space Adventures are the ones who have started all the first seven space tourists, but they can not yet send another guest to the ISS since 2009, as there are capacity issues. But they promise a trip around the moon and a stay on the ISS in the future by uniting with Roscosmos using Soyuz.
Although they have partnered with Space Adventures, Roscosmos have also released their own program. The Russian agency plans to build a luxury room hotel module for the ISS. The guests of the hotel will have private living spaces with 4 bedrooms. There will also be a hygienic and medical facility and a lounge. Tourists will pay $ 40 million for 1-2 weeks or $ 60 million for one month per stay. The space hotel is scheduled to start in 2022, but with the ISS retiring in 2028, the hotel could have a short life …
And if five companies are not enough for space tourism, then you should visit KosmoCourse, SpaceX and Axiom Space