The company founded by Elon Musk has partnered with the company Space Adventures to send up to four private customers into space.
SpaceX has chosen a heavyweight from space tourism to support it in sending four private customers to space. The American space company founded by Elon Musk announced Monday a partnership with the company Space Adventures, based near Washington.
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This company is known to have acted as an intermediary to send eight space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Russian space agency and the Soyuz rockets. The first of these tourists was Dennis Tito in 2001, who paid $ 20 million for an eight-day stay at the ISS. The most recent was the founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, in 2009.
No date set yet
SpaceX will take them on board its Crew Dragon capsule, which it developed to transport NASA astronauts and which should make its first manned flight in a few months, on a date not yet fixed. Private flights will not include a stay in the ISS, according to the SpaceX press release.
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“This historic mission will pave the way for spaceflight for everyone who dreams of it,” said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, a company founded by billionaire Elon Musk. The date, duration and program of the mission were not specified, but Eric Adventures, president of Space Adventures, indicated that the flight would make it possible “to reach twice the altitude of the preceding missions of civil astronaut or from the space station “. The ISS flies at around 400 km altitude.
A probably expensive mission
In space tourism, companies Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are developing vessels capable of sending just above the space border, much lower (80 or 100 km depending on the definitions chosen by each company respectively), for a few minutes, private passengers, for $ 250,000 or more in the case of Virgin.
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What SpaceX offers with Crew Dragon is a much more expensive mission, tens of millions of dollars without doubt, at hundreds of km of altitude, launched by a Falcon 9 rocket, the same one which sends satellites and will send astronauts to the ISS.