Washington: The company, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, is looking at space. About 600 people have already bought tickets for پر 200,000 to 250 250,000 for private flights on the Virgin Galactic.
And thousands more are on the waiting list!
Virgin Galactic and Origen are two companies developing spacecraft capable of sending private clients on the edge of space for several minutes on suburban flights.
For the first time, the richest astronauts are getting ready to take part in one of the many private missions that are preparing to launch.
The era of space tourism is on the horizon when Soviet cosmetologist Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space.
Glenn King is the director of spacelight training at the National Aerospace Training and Research Center (NASTAR), a private company based in Pennsylvania that has trained future Virgin Galactic travelers on their voyages.
“The oldest person I trained was 88 years old,” King said AFP.
The training program lasts for two days – a morning in the classroom and a test morning in the centrifuge.
This involves placing the trainee in a single-seat cockpit at the end of a 25-foot-long (eight-meter-long) arm and revolving around it to mimic the force of gravity, or G-force.
A medical team is on hand at all times.
‘Enjoy the look’
NASA’s training for shuttle crew members lasted two years, but the commercial space industry has drastically reduced that period because of “the number of people who want to go into space,” King said.
“We can’t take two years to train these people,” he said. “We’ll have to talk for a few days to pick them up.”
“These people are not crew, just strict passengers,” he said.
“For a passenger to launch, you don’t have to do much more than just relax, launch or endure the gentry of the rentry.
“And once it’s orbital, enjoy the window view.”
King said the pass rate for the training course was “99.9%.”
If special care or medical supervision is required, the cost can range from several thousand dollars to a maximum of 10,000.
The only major hurdle to “spacelight for all” is price.
Virgin Galactic hopes to take its first private astronaut on a submarine flight in early 2022, with final plans for 400 annual trips.
Blue Origin – owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – has not yet published pricing or calendar.
Money aside, pretty much anyone can go to the spacelight.
“You don’t have to be in perfect physical health right now to be able to go into space,” King said. “I’ve trained people with artificial devices.” I have trained people with pacemakers. All kinds of people. “
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees the aviation industry, suggested in 2006 that future “commercial travelers” on pre-flights fill out a “simple medical history questionnaire.”
Orbital flights that go further will require more detailed shapes and blood tests, X-rays and urine samples.
Such flights, costing millions of dollars each, were conceived by SpaceX, a company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, who has at least four plans for the coming years.
The first public launch of the baptismal “Inspiration 4” is scheduled for September.
US billionaire Jared Isaac Mann has paid for a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ride that will take him and three passengers on a three-day flight into Earth orbit.
In January 2022, Exim Space plans to send a former astronaut and three newcomers to the International Space Station.
It eventually plans to visit the ISS every six months.
Seven “space tourists” visited the space station between 2001 and 2009.
A company called Space Adventures acted as a mediator for these flights and partnered with SpaceX to send four customers into orbit next year.
Yusuke Mizawa, a Japanese billionaire, has secured a flight on SpaceX’s “Starship” in 2023 and is inviting eight other people on the trip.
So when can we expect space tourism to become commonplace?
Hard to say, Robert Gohlich, an associate assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.
“Suburban and orbital tourist flights are about to take place,” Gohlich said. “Definitely predicting is a challenge for every scenario.”
“A new investor can speed up any schedule,” he said, “while an accident can reduce a plan.” “
There are three major factors that need to be taken into account: Flights must be safe, profitable and environmentally friendly.
“In the long run, considering the large-scale space tourism market, aspects of sustainability will certainly play a more important role,” Gohlich said.