TITUSVILLE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) – Want to be a space tourist? There are big developments in that business, including companies that can help you book a ticket and train your body, so you can see the world.
You’ll need $52 million for the ride. Then an additional $35,000 a night to stay at the International Space Station.
Right now, excitement about space tourism is at a fever pitch. A company called Bigelow Space Operations has just announced a collaboration with SpaceX. Bigelow is reserving four launches — each launch can take four people. This deal means space tourists will ride in a SpaceX Dragon Crew Capsule to the ISS, but they will have to stay there for at least a month.
“Floating in microgravity is a giddy experience. The whole time, it’s like going over the top of a roller coaster, and it tickles you, and you almost feel like laughing, and it just stays that way the whole time” Garriott said. “And the view out your window is spectacular! Looking out the window feels like a firehose of information about the earth just pouring into your mind.”
Garriott said there are already lists of people who want to be space tourists, but the names are confidential. Some are household names, giants of industry, worried that an announcement about their “travel plans” would affect company stocks.
So when does this start? Perhaps as early as next year. NASA first has to certify the SpaceX capsule as safe for human flight.