Money can’t buy happiness, but money brings great opportunities. Just ask multimillionaire Dennis Tito, who became the first space tourist in 2001, or the owner of Cirque du Soleil, guy laliberté, who became the first clown in space in 2009. If you have some cash, “Roscosmos” there will be time for your dreams.
But what about those of us who are not international circus magnate or an adventurer with the money? Will space tourism ever be a reality for us?
Companies such as Virgin Group owned by Richard Branson, say Yes. Even if you already have $ 20,000 in cash, you can book the 200,000-dollar ticket on SpaceShipTwo (which passes successfully tested). In the next few years it should become the first commercial space ship.
Each flight can accommodate six passengers and will last two hours and a half in suborbital space (110 kilometers above the Earth). Once there, passengers will be able to freely float in zero gravity and enjoy the fact that the CEO of Virgin Galactic George Whitesides calls “transformative experience”. Continents, oceans and clouds will float from the bottom, and overhead will be boundless space.
If $ 200,000 still sounds too much, only because space is a very expensive destination, even if you are not going to stay there for the night. NASA spends about $ 30,000 to deliver one kilogram of payload into orbit.
If you think flying is expensive, just imagine the high cost hanging in orbit. The international space station is estimated to range from 35 to 100 billion dollars. This includes system support, material support, engineering, communications and life support. These are the costs of overcoming the gravity of the planet and retain in an incredibly hostile environment.
However, companies such as the canadian Space Island Group and even Hilton hotels in the long term, consider the development of orbital accommodation for space tourists of tomorrow. To make this a reality, the technology of space flight will have to grow up and become more economically viable. In addition, there is a definite problem in health care. Modern astronauts are subjected to nightmarish congestion, risk of radiation exposure and is guaranteed to lose bone mass. As space tourism is becoming more real state agencies are becoming increasingly interested in the safety of passengers.
The issue price and is now at the beginning of this type of tourism. Technology has already crossed the line when only the whole state can cope with this task technically. But if you think about it, except for brief sensations of weightlessness, a beautiful (unforgettable beautiful views) from the window await you in this journey of hardships and burdens. Hard way up, the descent difficult and a real test for the entire body in orbit – no comfort, personal space and entertainment. Yes, the first commercial travellers will be remembered in history, the rest of these laurels elude. But if you are looking for extreme relaxation, it is full and on the Earth’s surface and under water – where travel is much more cost effective.
Space tourism is already a reality in 2001. Your options are limited to modern technologies (or their absence), and high cost of getting into orbit, although the ticket and you can buy.
But only time will tell what eventually will play a crucial role.