SpaceX plans to have tourists in space by 2021

Date:19 February 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, ,

Travelling to space has long been the dream for millions of people around the world. Now, that dream might soon become a reality thanks to the joint efforts from SpaceX and Space Adventures.

On 18 February 2020, the two companies signed an agreement which would see them make use of the SpaceX Crew Dragon reusable capsule to launch four private citizens into space sometime in 2021 or 2022.

Those lucky enough to be chosen will spend a few weeks in the US where they will be training for their upcoming adventure. They’ll then fly to the launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and subsequently spend five days in orbit, further from Earth then anyone has been in the last 50 years to be exact.

According to space adventures chairman, Eric Anderson, “Creating unique and previously impossible opportunities for private citizens to experience space is why Space Adventures exists.”

If all goes according to plan, this spaceflight will be the first space tourism experience for private citizens using entirely American-made technology.

To date, the Crew Dragon Capsule hasn’t carried any passengers, however, SpaceX expects to launch its first crewed mission this year. The Crew Dragon has also successfully managed to doc with the ISS in March of 2019. Possibly the most impressive feat the Crew Dragon has pulled off is completing an ‘in-flight launch escape test’, which saw the capsule break away from the Falcon 9 rocket and safely splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean during a simulated failure.

You can watch the successful breakaway below.

Image: Twitter/@SpaceNews_Inc

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