SpaceX wants to fly you and three friends into space by 2021

Katie Ramirez
February 20, 2020

SpaceX will use the same kind of Dragon capsule that will launch NASA astronauts to the space station, possibly in another few months.

SpaceX announced a new partnership Monday to send four tourists deeper into orbit than any private citizen in history has gone, without disclosing the date or price tag. In any case, it'll be interesting to see if space tourism proves to be a big moneymaker for SpaceX or any of the other private companies vying for a slice of that pie.

Space Adventures is a boutique space tourism business that focuses on helping the ultra-wealthy look down on the rest of humanity in new ways (from space).

Space Exploration Technologies Corp is trading as SpaceX.

Measuring just over eight metres in height and four metres across, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule can house up to seven passengers at a pinch. The capsule was created to take astronauts from the surface to the ISS, yet Shelly said that despite little space and the lack of private space or even toilets, the duration of the mission would depend on customers' wishes.

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The flight path could take the tourists to altitudes two to three times higher than where the International Space Station orbits, according to Space Adventures chairman Eric Anderson. The details are otherwise thin; we don't know how long the passengers will stay in space or what kind of preparation they'll need to complete. The company ditched those plans to focus on designing a gargantuan spacecraft and rocket system called Starship, which is now in the early stages of development.

If the mission is successful, it will become the highest altitude to be ever achieved by a private citizen.

"This historic mission will pave the way to make space travel possible for all people who dream about it, and we are delighted to be working with a team of Space Adventures in this mission", said President and chief operating officer of SpaceX Gwynne Shotwell. To give you an idea, Canadian entrepreneur (and extraterrestrial tourist) Guy Laliberté's was the last to venture to the ISS and his 12-day trip reportedly set him back by $35 million.

SpaceX is now preparing for its first manned space flight, which is expected to lift off on 7 May.

Jim Bridenstine, Nasa Administrator, has been critical about the time and cost it has taken SpaceX to fulfil a contract with the space agency, accusing the Tesla billionaire of devoting too much attention to other projects. That would be further away from Earth than anyone has travelled in decades. Expected launch: late-2021 to mid-2022 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

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