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SpaceX, the first four space tourists to the edge of the Crew Dragon
The new shuttle SpaceX, designed for the transport of astronauts to the international space Station, will soon become also a shuttle to space tourists. In a matter of one or two years, in fact, the first individuals will be able to get a ride around the Earth to admire it from the top, also very high in the altitude from the Iss. This was announced by the tour operator Space Adventures on his website, after having reached the agreement with SpaceX of Elon Musk , which promises an unprecedented experience and that seems to be the flow, for now, only her company. The first cards in the 2021-2022 Are four seats that will be made available aboard the Crew Dragon. The airport has recently passed the last test of the safety: escape from the rocket shortly after take-off, crucial for the transport of astronauts to the international space Station, and it is expected for this year, the departure of the first crew to the orbiting laboratory. Since 2011 (the year of the last flight of the Space Shuttle), America has not brought the astronauts into orbit with liftoff from the ground, from the Usa, but had to rely on the system of transport of the Russian Soyuz. For the first space tourists will wait a little longer: the 2021 or the mid-2022. The adventure in orbit are Not many details announced by Space Adventures. The more curious would be the price of the ticket, not the well-known but that will surely be very expensive. Considered a ‘simple’ suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson (not a complete orbit, but a ‘detour’ in the space and return with a short experience in the absence of weight) costs $ 250,000 and the first trip could take place this year. To fly in the Crew Dragon will be a hike much more adventurous. The quota to be reached with the “free flight”, that is, without docking to the Iss, it will in fact be two or even three times the 400 kilometers of the orbit of the Station. To “see the Planet Earth as it has never been observed from the time of the Gemini program,” reads the company website.

The launch will take place from american soil (presumably from the Kennedy space center in Cape Canaveral) with a spacex Falcon 9 rocket, the carrier is reusable, the same that will push the next astronauts and that has made the fortune of the company of Elon Musk. Aboard the Crew Dragon seats seven, and then in addition to the four space tourists, will probably place a support crew consisting of one or more of the astronauts trained. The tour operator star Space Adventures is a travel agency that is sui generis. Founded in 1998, was the first to bring into orbit a private, the (very rich) american businessman, Dennis Tito, known to history as the first space tourist. In 2001, after having paid out $ 20 million, has had the opportunity to spend a week on the Iss. After him, Space Adventures has brought into orbit six other customers. The next project will be a new record, given that this will be the first tourist trip beyond the earth's atmosphere “supplied with american technology”.

An ambitious goal, but more affordable compared to the other “grand tour” announced in the past few years by the same Musk: the first two space tourists around the Moon. One of the tickets has been detached from billionaire japanese However Maezawa, who should bring with him a group of artists. Although the fate of this trip is yet to be written, given the delays in the development of the new rocket required to reach up to the expression. Recent news also gave the same Maezawa on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to pay the cost of the trip for him and his friends (we are approaching very to 100 million dollars), be forced to sell some pieces of his art collection.

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