ERA OF SPACE TOURISM HAS ARRIVED

PIONEERS OF SPACE TOURISM

Announcements made by owner of Virgin Group Richard Branson, retired CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and CEO of Space X Elon Musk about their maiden commercial space tours are trending on tech and science blogs. For clientele with well-lined purses, the promise of literal “out of this world” experience is packaged distinctively for obvious commercial and branding reasons.

VIRGIN GALACTIC

Branson’s is offering to take Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft VSS Unity to high altitude by attaching it under the belly of a large carrier plane, where it will be released to reach suborbital space. A group of six space adventurists will be able to experience weightlessness and majestic views of earth’s curvature through 12 large windows for a few minutes before gliding back down to the ground.

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Suborbital Space Craft Concept

BLUE ORIGIN

In case, you are too accustomed to horizontal thrust, Bezos has just the right adventure ready for you. His Blue Origin’s New Shepard space capsule tied to a space rocket will blast-off vertically with three times the speed of sound until it reaches 100 Km above the mean sea level. Six passengers will be able to experience the space and its beauty through six windows before their capsule glides back down with the help of parachutes.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocked and Space Capsule

SPACE X

Competing in this race for space tourism, founder and CEO of Space X Elon Musk is not far behind. Actually, quite the opposite, he is planning for going far beyond. His plans are more venturesome than his competitors in this thriving futuristic industry of space travel.

Circumlunar Trajectory

HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS?

Reading about your fantasies being realized, you may be wondering how much does it costs to have yourself booked for such space flight. How expensive could it be?

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?

The race between the world powers for achieving superiority over each other in the skies and beyond led to accelerated technological advancement in the aviation industry. Discovery and invention of long range radars for navigation, robust coordination systems, suitable materials and powerful engines are all gifts from that era.

Space Travel

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT?

Which space adventure would you like to embark on, assuming you could afford all in near future, from the three options mentioned in this article?

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Muhammad Salman Rafi

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I'm a freelance content writer. I write on Science & Technology, Construction & Architecture and Photography.