Civilian space travel is no longer just a thing out of science fiction. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk kept their promise of sending ordinary people to space in their announcement, where two private citizens will travel around the moon this 2018.
Going to space is one thing that only very few people have experienced. However, that can soon be changed in the growing exploration of sending normal folks who are not astronauts in space.
Start of Civilian’s Travel to Space
In fact, the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) spearheaded by Elon Musk, also known for co-founding Tesla among others, announced they are preparing the “initial training” this year for two private individuals. In the meantime, some much-needed various health and fitness tests will be conducted before their trip to the outer space.
The identity of these individuals who reportedly know each is still undisclosed. The announcement of SpaceX reads these two are going to be like the space travelers of the Apollo who “will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.”
While this sounds truly exciting, a civilian space travel does not come for free. The two private citizens, as per SpaceX, have already “paid a significant deposit” for their moon mission with the exact unrevealed amount.
To get an estimate of the ticket’s cost, though, a NASA report says it will be “comparable” to the cost of sending a crew to the International Space Station. A ticket for the Russian Soyuz rocket reportedly cost NASA $80 million.
If you have that wad of cash lying around, then you had better prepare for your own trip to space as SpaceX plans to schedule at least one to two trips in per year. These explorations could also help and be added to the funds of SpaceX and their projects as well.
Intergalactic Space Trip
The trip from around the moon and into the deep space is expected to last for about a week for 300,000 to 400,000 miles. Thankfully, there will be no need for visas and passport stamps as people travel into the deep space but SpaceX will still alert the Federal Aviation Administration.
The passengers will board the Crew Dragon spacecraft for their maiden voyage with the assistance of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Since both have not flown yet, they will undergo testing on their flights this year.
More avenues for civilian space travel as a commonplace of an expedition is finally, kind of, within reach. These are huge leaps of one day being able to transport humans into the space and other neighboring celestial bodies like Mars.