ERA OF SPACE TOURISM HAS ARRIVED

Recent events are reminiscent of 1960’s race for the moon which was fueled by fierce cold war competition between the governments of Soviet East and Capitalist West.

Commercially motivated Business tycoons of 21st century are now in a cut throat competition for expanding their private corporate empires above and beyond the Planet’s atmospheric frontiers.

PIONEERS OF SPACE TOURISM

VIRGIN GALACTIC

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Suborbital Space Craft Concept

As audacious as he is, Branson has planned to join the first group of space adventurists himself. The first commercial space flight of VSS Unity is planned on July 11th, 2021.

BLUE ORIGIN

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocked and Space Capsule

Much like the now old aviation industry where you get a chance to book the next flight if you miss one. Savvy capitalist Bezos has planned his space flight mere nine days after the Brandon’s i.e. July 20th, 2021.

SPACE X

Circumlunar Trajectory

By the end of this year, Musk has promised to offer for the ones willing to pay and dare a circumlunar tour. Spaceflight participants will leave earths orbital space, enter the lunar orbit and come back to earth after circumventing in the moons orbital space. The whole space flight operation will be pilot free, automated and coordinated from the ground. Participants will experience in peace the awe of space, earth and moon before coming back home on autopilot.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS?

They surely are not cheap, you must have already guessed that much. But still, we do like to know the price. For curiosity’s sake take this: Bezos sold ticket for one seat on his Blue Origin suborbital flight in an auction for $28 million US Dollars.

Evidently, space travel is by no means cheap. Is space travel only for billionaires with deep pockets?

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?

The phrase has already been coined by the famous TV Show host Stephen Colbert “Welcome to a new era of space flight” on a live stream of NBC news.

Space Travel

Era of space travel and exploration has arrived. The contrast from pervious era’s race to the moon is that this time the competition is between the capitalist billionaires not nation-states. The contest is for commercial gains not political. Measure of success is in monetary terms not body count.

With all its positive connotations, the contemporary order of things has made space travel non-egalitarian.

Taking the evolution of aviation industry as reference, it can be assumed that the future holds space travel, exploration and tourism for all humanity.

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