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So far, two companies, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, have developed ships capable of sending passengers a few minutes to the other side of the space border.

Sixty years after astronaut Russian Yuri Gagarin Becoming the first human to orbit the Earth and be able to think of it from space, the arrival of space tourism is looming.

Hundreds of people sign up for lists and pre-dedicate their places to be part of the spectacular flight of a few minutes or a few days without gravity in space.

Infographic: Xavier Rodriguez

So far, there are two companies, The Virgo Galaxy s Blue origin, Developing ships capable of sending passengers for a few minutes to the other side of the space border, for a suborbital flight.

At the end of March, Virgin Galactic introduced its new VSS Imagine spacecraft, the first vehicle to be built under a new assembly system that, according to company expectations, will allow it to offer daily cruises into space.

According to some media reports, the ship will soon begin testing on the ground, with flights by plane in facilities Spaceport USA from The Virgo Galaxy In New Mexico.

The space training program managers at the OnStar Center, a private company associated with the major players in the sector, indicated that about 400 people, many of them “businessmen or women,” have already received training in facilities. Pennsylvania, United States To become the future passengers of Virgin Galactic.

The training consists of two days: the first is theoretical lessons only, then a simulation in a human centrifuge. A fast spinning boom measuring approximately eight meters in length reproduces the acceleration power of the vessel the customer will be traveling in. Doctors monitor the process closely to see everything is working fine.

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The biggest obstacle to being able to wander in space is the price, as it ranges from 200 to 250 thousand dollars, so far about 600 people have covered the cost and have the passage of Virgin Galactic, the company that the British billionaire founded Richard Branson. Thousands of candidates are on the waiting list.

The year 2022 is expected to be the start of these flights, and given the demand, the company plans to implement around 400 flights per year. Blue Origin has yet to announce a price or schedule for its spaceflight.
Destination: the moon

SpaceX, a company founded by a billionaire Elon Musk, Organizes this type of excursion which, of course, costs millions and four trips are planned starting this year.

Yusaku Maezawa He is the first Space X customer to make a trip around the moon, and the Japanese billionaire has booked a flight for a missile under development to roam around the moon in 2023, a trip that already has a selection process for eight lucky passengers who can accompany you.

The International Space Station (ISS) previously visited seven tourists between 2001 and 2009. Space Adventures acted as a go-between for this; This same company has reached an agreement with SpaceX to send four agents to orbit the Earth for several days, possibly next year.

In September, “Inspiration4” will be the first mission in the world to send civilians into space, without professional astronauts. US billionaire Jared Isaacman leased the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket himself and will carry three passengers for three days.

Axiom Space plans to send one former astronaut and three rookies to the International Space Station (ISS) in January 2022.

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The first space tourist

He was an American mogul and former engineer at NASA Denise Tito is the first human to travel in space for fun and payment only, and who is considered a tourist.


“The oldest person I trained was 88 years old,” said Glenn King, director of the space training program at the Nastar Center, a private company associated with the most important players in the industry.