Space Tourism: From Dream to Reality

By Divya

Space travel is something that we have only seen in sci-fi movies. But this ambitious concept may soon come to reality, thanks to the significant strides made in space technology. Many organizations, like NASA, Space-X, Virgin Galactic, etc. have started promoting space tourism and travel, promising people an experience that many might pay for. 

Many have shown interest in this concept and have fundraised for lucrative businesses. But only time will tell based on the developments whether humans are really ready to go into outer space. Here is what you need to know. 

Recent Developments in Space Travel 

Last year, billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic saw a major development in their space program. Their winged passenger rocket, including over 100 employees, was moved to a commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico. According to Branson, their development and testing program have advanced enough to make the next move – a custom-tailored hanger and runway. While there is no news about their first commercial flight, there are still a few flight tests pending. Branson said that curiosity and wonder associated with space would encourage many to experience space tourism. 

NASA, on the other hand, is planning to send private citizens to space to visit the ISS (International Space Station). They are in talks with several organizations to kickstart this commercial venture. 

Interestingly, Aurora Station, the world’s first luxury space hotel, is also in the works, which will be open to guests by 2022. 

Is Space Travel Feasible? 

The simple and short answer is – space travel is not going to be economical. One may have to pay exorbitant prices just to book a seat in the commercial space airliner.