November 28, 2021

This company couldn’t find billionaires to pay for space travel

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October 26, 2021, 12:30 M.

This space tourism company could not find any customers for its flight

Were you praying for the day when no billionaire wanted to pay for space travel? Well, that day is here.

One of the pioneers of space tourism, Space Adventures, has announced that his launch reservation with SpaceX has expired because he could not find a viable interest in space tourism among the few who can afford it.

Here are more details.

Several billionaires have flown into space this year

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program has proven that privatizing space is the way to go. The natural progression was to pursue recreational space tourism.

So, SpaceX took Jared Isaacman and the crew on the first fully civilian spaceflight before. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson have also taken to space on separate missions, sparking a hype around billionaires’ thirst for space travel.

Space Adventures Could Not Find Paid Passengers, SpaceX Assisted Mission Feasibility

Despite ecological concerns, Isaacman’s space flight was estimated at $ 200 million per passenger.

Now, Space Adventures appears to have failed to find people willing to part with that much money for a similar flight in a Crew Dragon spacecraft launched by SpaceX.

Company President Tom Shelley said French press agency that the plans for this mission had been abandoned.

The Space Adventures mission plan was similar to the Inspiration4 mission

The Space Adventures mission plan was similar to the Inspiration4 mission

In February of last year, Space Adventures announced that it had signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon mission scheduled for late 2021 to mid-2022.

The purpose of the mission was to bring four flywheels to an orbital altitude twice that of the International Space Station (ISS) and stay there for five days before returning to Earth. But, few updates were provided before the announcement of the cancellation.

Space Adventures will attempt to revise the mission plan later

Space Adventures spokesperson Stacey Tearne said News, “The mission was marketed to a lot of our potential clients, but ultimately the combination of price, time and experience was not right at that time and our contract with SpaceX expired.”

“We hope to review the offer in the future,” he added. Interestingly, this isn’t the company’s first attempt at getting paid space tourists to travel.

This isn’t the first Space Adventures rodeo with interstellar tourism

This isn't the first Space Adventures rodeo with interstellar tourism

Since 2001, Space Adventures has taken several astronauts to the ISS using open seats on Soyuz missions. The company’s last full commercial space flight took place in 2009, when the Soyuz seats were dedicated to crew rotations.

That said, the company has not given up on hope. He expressed interest in reviewing the plans for this mission in due course.

A separately organized trip to the ISS is still planned

A separately organized trip to the ISS is still planned

Another Space Adventures mission is still on schedule for its December 8 launch date.

In May, the company announced plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, his assistant Yozo Hirano and astronaut Alexander Misurkin on a 12-day trip to the ISS aboard a Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft.

These travelers are currently training for space flights at facilities in Russia.