SpaceX is now selling tickets for space tourists to fly on the same kind of spacecraft that will deliver NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). By collaboration with the space tourism agency Space Adventures, four tickets are on sale to fly far above the ISS in a Crew Dragon capsule.
Space Adventures is not new to the space tourism sector: between 2001 and 2009, it sent seven private people to the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz craft, charging tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars a trip.
Since then, it has been selling tickets to space to rich individuals, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin; however, he hasn’t flown any other missions.
Now, the agency is poised to resume its flights. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft was built to deliver NASA astronauts to the ISS and concluded a trip to the ISS without a crew in March. Its first mission with a crew is planned for 2020.
The flight with tourists is scheduled to launch in late 2021 or 2022; however, it’s going to take a different trajectory.
The mission will revolve around Earth for up to five days at an altitude two to three instances higher than the ISS, Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson, wrote on Twitter.
“The price of the mission won’t be revealed, but [is] in the range as other orbital spaceflight alternatives,” says Space Adventures representative Stacey Tearne.