A number of aerospace companies are working to make space accessible to tourists. In addition to world-famous Boeing, SpaceX and Blue Origin, several other companies are involved in this.
It is reported by Depo.ua with reference to the "Public".
Thus, the California-based Gateway Foundation plans to build a huge space station that can accommodate more than 400 people, including tourists, researchers, doctors and domestic workers. Its architect Tim Alaterre stated that the goal was to make the station “accessible to the average person.”
“In this way, someone can save money and go on vacation to the United States, or they can save money and go on vacation to space,” he said.
“Today it sounds kind of crazy because it’s not reality yet,” said Frank Banger, founder of Orion Span, an American aerospace company, which also plans to take tourists into space.
According to him, in 2024, the company plans to accommodate the first guests at its Aurora station, a capsule-shaped spaceship the size of a private jet. Accompanied by a crew member, up to five passengers can be at the station for 12 days, must pay at least $ 9.5 million each.
According to Banger, in orbit, guests will take part in scientific experiments, be able to enjoy the sunrise and sunset 16 times a day and play table tennis in zero gravity. He added that about 30 people have already made a deposit of $ 80,000 to reserve a seat.
Life outside the Earth is regulated by the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, prohibits countries from claiming space and celestial bodies for themselves, but allows their peaceful use, opening the door to operating a business.
According to the professor of space law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, Thani Masson-Zwaan, firms will need permission from the state, usually the one in which they are registered, to launch the hotel in space.