Private space tourism could become a business of over one billion dollars over the next 10 years, according to a Federal Aviation Administration representative American (FAA), George Niedl cited by Reuters.
NASA has hired two private companies, Space Exploration Technologies and Orbital Sciences Corp. to carry supplies and scientific equipment to the International Space Station. Also suborbital tourist flights are a reality in the near future. Tourists in space will be taken up at an altitude of 100 kilometres where they can feel a few minutes of weightlessness and will see the Earth on black background, build the space.
Rocket-propelled aircraft that will make suborbital flights and new space capsules are built and tested now entering into service in 2013 or 2014.
“Based on market research, we expect this activity to become an industry worth $ 1 billion over the next 10 years,” said George Nield, associate administrator of the Office of the FAA Private Space Transport in American before the committee in charge of space and aeronautics.
“It’s a new and growing industry. If you look at the last 25 years, almost all moves are based on the same objective – to put another satellite into orbit. There are these new business opportunities appearing on the horizon,” he added.
A private company, Virgin Galactic, British billionaire Richard Branson belonging has already collected 60 million dollars in deposits for future tourist flights into space. Such flight costs $ 200,000 per person.
“We can not accurately predict when they start these flights, but it is very, very clear that they will become a reality within the next two years,” the American official said.
Visiting the stratosphere with a special airplane
Anyone will be able to visit the stratosphere in 2015 when a private airplane with two seats will be released by an American company. The miracle plane can perform up to four flights per day and benefits from a unique design form. Each eager amateur will be accompanied by an astronaut with experience. However, the trip will not be cheap: about 95,000 dollars per person.
However, the price is twice as low as the current company that deals with space tourism and which belongs to the multi-millionaire Sir Richard Branson. His company will provide such flights starting next year.
The Chinese are interested in space tourism too
More than 300 Chinese and have booked tickets that cost nearly $ 100,000 for a five minute journey into space. Dutch company Space Expedition Corp. (SXC) put on sale a bunch of tickets on the online auction site Taobao, making happy 305 Chinese who were to perform their first space trip.
The trip will be made with a two-seater shuttle and will last around 5-6 minutes, giving those interested in space tourism a rare sight as well as the chance to experience state of weightlessness.
Tickets were sold for 599,999 yuan ($ 96,000), four entrepreneurs from Chengdu city and two from the commercial center of Shanghai being among the first people who were enrolled in unusual trip.
Selling of tickets was available only for June 12, said a spokesman for the site, but it was not circulated any date for the trip’s performing. The participants – who must weigh less than 125 kg – will perform flight simulation and preparation for weightlessness before travelling.
China has its own military space program, which in recent decades has sent astronauts into orbit and a rover on the moon, but has so far no commercial companies to fly in space.
This being said not only Chinese are interested in space tourism, but people from all over the world, and large corporations are willing to satisfy their dreams as soon as possible.
Are you eligible?
Before starting the adventure of a life time, the astronaut’s copilot must meet some criteria. The person must be at least 18 years and be fit physically and mentally. Health status will be examined by testing blood pressure, vision, hearing and reflexes – costs that can be covered by the tour operator. Preparation also includes a thorough briefing on the scientific mission and its purpose.
Once these requirements have been met, the road from dream to reality is travelled easily. Only 500 people have been in the position of experiencing a space trip until now.
An unimaginable experience
It is when visitors experience the propulsion force that is so familiar to F1 pilots, which ends at incredibly fast speeds and allows guests to benefit from an immersive experience. Then comes the climbing process. Quickly and steep, as you move at high speed to the sky, the enormous dome offers spectacular scenery.
After a minute you exceed the speed of sound. Departure itself is a wonderful experience. Incredible acceleration generated by the four-rocket motors of the shuttle enable visitors to rejoice from unique sensations.
Shortly they become witnesses of the immensity and total silence of the universe. Engines stop, all you have to do is enjoy the view and the complete lack of sound (…). How many new emotions can support a human in such short time? You will find the answer if you choose to subscribe for such trip.
From a height of 100km begins the flight gliding back to Earth. At an altitude of 30 km, Lynx spacecraft begins to re-enter in the atmosphere, the process assisted by the unique roaring of the rocket engines. These are the marvels of space tourism.