How space tourism is skyrocketing

Space sales of space tourism, Curran acknowledges, “are reasonably difficult to achieve” and come primarily from peer-to-peer networks. “You can imagine that the people who spend $ 450,000 to go into space are probably operating in circles that aren’t the same as yours and mine,” he said.

Some of Mr. Curran’s most popular offerings include flights where you can experience the same zero-gravity sensation that astronauts experience in space, which he arranges for customers via chartered and specialized Boeing 727s that fly in parabolic arcs to simulate being. in space. Including operators Zero G also offer the service; the cost is approximately $ 8,200.

You can almost count the number of completed tourist space launches on one hand: Blue Origin has had four; SpaceX, two. Virgin Galactic, meanwhile, on Thursday announced the launch of its commercial passenger service, previously scheduled for late 2022, which has been delayed until early 2023. Many of those on the waitlist are biding their time sooner. take off by signing up for training. Axiom Space, which has entered into a contract with SpaceX, currently offers training in collaboration with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Virgin Galactic, which already offers a “customized program of preparation for future astronauts” at its Spaceport America facility in New Mexico, is also collaboration with NASA build a training program for private astronauts.

Would-be space tourists shouldn’t expect the rigors NASA astronauts face. Virgin Galactic’s three-hour travel training is included in the cost of the ticket and lasts a handful of days; includes pilot briefings and being “tailored to your own bespoke Under Armor spacesuit and boots,” according to its website.

Not ready for a rocket? Balloon rides offer a heavenly, less hair-raising experience.

“We go into space at 12mph, which means it’s very fluid and very delicate. You’re not flying off the ground, ”said Jane Poynter, co-founder and co-chief executive of Spatial perspective, which is preparing its own hot air balloon tourist spaceship, Spaceship Neptune. If all goes to plan, travel is expected to begin departing Florida in 2024, costing $ 125,000 per person. It’s a fraction of the price of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, but it’s still more than double the average annual salary of an American worker.

Neither Spatial perspective or worldview still has the approval required by the FAA to operate flights.

If a capsule or rocket is your means of transportation, the travel insurance company battle face launched a civilian space insurance plan in late 2021, a direct response, CEO Sasha Gainullin said, to an increase in space tourism interest and infrastructure. Benefits include accidental death and permanent disability in space and are valid for space flights on operators such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, as well as for travel in a stratospheric balloon. They’ve had a lot of inquiries, Mr. Gainullin said, but no purchases yet.