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SpaceX will launch four tourists to orbit the Earth

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SpaceX will launch four tourists to orbit the Earth

The five-day trip should take place between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. But the company is not the only one interested in offering this tour.

By Carolina Fioratti

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18 Feb 2020, 17h09 – Published on 18 Feb 2020, 17h04

(Joel Kowsky / NASA)

Have you thought about taking a week's vacation and enjoying your free time to see the Earth from another angle? With the new agreement between SpaceX and Space Adventures (space travel agency), up to four people will have this chance.

Between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, the journey to orbit the planet must finally take place. Passengers will be taken on the Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the tour will take five days. But the trip is non-stop – those who thought they would have the chance to visit the International Space Station (ISS) are mistaken. In fact, the crew will be far away from there: the spacecraft will pass between 800 and 1,600 kilometers above the ISS, which in turn is 400 kilometers from Earth.

SpaceX will launch four tourists to orbit the Earth

– (Joel Kowsky / NASA)

It is not new that SpaceX works to make space tourism thrive. In 2017, the company already had closed contracts with two customers who intended to take a peek at the Moon using Dragon. However, the company postponed the project several times, under the justification of tests. Perhaps the flight will take place later this year, but there is nothing confirmed.

For the sake of curiosity: the billionaire interested in orbiting the satellite is Yasaku Maezawa, 42. He, who is also an art collector, has reserved all the seats on the ship and is looking for artists to accompany him on the tour and thus make him more friendly.

It is not yet known how much should be spent on this SpaceX trip, but you can get a sense. In the last year, the company closed an agreement with Bigelow Aerospace, a space technology company, in which the value of 52 million dollars per person was defined that to be taken to the ISS. Unfortunately, Bigelow gave up.

Holidays in space

It is worth saying that SpaceX is not the only one in the space tourism business. Virgin Galactic, founded by Richard Branson, plans to send tourists by the end of 2020 to enjoy a few minutes of gravity aboard their spacecraft. Blue Origin, by Jeff Bezos (Amazon), aims to offer a very similar trip, but with a spacecraft similar to the SpaceX Dragon. These two have a published price: about US $ 200 thousand per passenger.

The flight on Dragon looks very comfortable. Travelers will stay in minimalist spaces, with only a few seats and screens touch. Check out the video:

The clothing will also be modern. Customized helmets, pressurized and flame resistant suits, gloves compatible with touch screens. Would you face it?

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