New York: SpaceX’s dragon capsule, one of the privately-owned companies for space tourism, is planning to send four private citizens into space by the end of 2021 or early 2022 to take a trip around the Earth. The spaceflight company has signed an agreement with specialist Space Adventure. Space tourism business has now helped seven different private citizens take trips to the international space station aboard Russia’s Soyuz rocket and spacecraft.
The two companies have not yet disclosed the cost of this mission, and other details, such as what the tourists will have to go through the preparation. The tourists will fly through human-rated version of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, and they will orbit Earth two or three times over the earth from an altitude of 250 miles height of the ISS (International Space Station).
SpaceX has been spending the last few years developing and testing this new version of Dragon as part of a contract with NASA to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The private space travel company recently completed its second major flight test of the Crew Dragon. It shows the capsule’s ability to escape the exploding rocket.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been looking at the idea of space tourism as a business for a few years now. He is been overly optimistic about how soon this could happen. The company announced in early 2017 that it had received undisclosed payments from two customers for a trip around the Moon using the Crew Dragon and the Falcon Heavy Rocket. The expedition is scheduled for the end of 2018, according to SpaceX. In September 2018, the company announced it was planning to send one of its passengers, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Matsawa, around the moon. The journey remains uncertain because the Big Falcon rocket yet to be built (It’s still unclear about the second customer).
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are also in the progress to run. Virgin Galactic says it will be sending its first space tourists by the end of the year. Blue Origin offers users the same amount of time in space, even in a spacecraft similar to SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule. (Both of those tickets cost up-to $200,000 in the neighborhood)
To know about the newly announced flight, SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has the details. It will take tourists around the earth. The capsule’s interior comes with few seats and an array of touchscreens. The spacecraft is ringed with windows, but not as big as the Blue Origin’s built in their own capsule. SpaceX now shows off sleek and custom designed spacesuits and helmets that Crew Dragon passengers will wear. The suits look much larger than their previous designs, but they are resistant to flames
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