The space tourist market is heating up! Aerospace leader Boeing announced last week that it would sell unoccupied seats on future flights to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2015. Boeing will be partnering with Space Adventures, a company that has a history in organizing space flights for wealthy private citizens. Although the spaceship doesn’t exist yet, there are plans to build a seven-seater Boeing CST-100 with a test flight scheduled for 2014.
Since the dawn of manned spaceflight, just over 500 people have traveled to space – now you could be one of them (via Space Adventures).
Eric Anderson, Space Adventures chairman and founder, explains what his company is offering and says, “With our customer experience and Boeing’s heritage in human spaceflight, our goal is not only to benefit the individuals who fly to space, it’s also to help make the resources of space available to the commercial sector by bringing the value from space back to Earth.”
Unlike Virgin Galactic, which gained popularity after Katy Perry bought her husband a space trip, Space Adventures claims it’s offering a completely different space experience. For $200k, Virgin Galactic sends the passengers up into space for a few hours and returns them safely to Earth. Boeing’s space taxi will be a more comprehensive trip where the passengers will orbit Earth and most likely stay up in space for close to a week.
Sounds interesting, but how much does this adventure cost? No official price point has been released. But let’s just say if you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford it.