Within ten years, ordinary families can spend their summer vacation in space? SpaceX will open a new era of space tourism


Tencent technology news on September 15, US space exploration technology company SpaceX is preparing to send four civilians into space for a three-day trip around the earth, which will be a new milestone for Elon Musk to send ordinary people into space and finally establish a colony on Mars.
In this mission called inspiration 4, SpaceX’s manned dragon spacecraft will not have professional astronauts. According to the plan, the spacecraft will be launched from Florida as soon as Wednesday night local time. Billionaire Jared Isaacman and the other three will rely on the spacecraft’s autonomous navigation system, life support system and safety system to complete the flight.
SpaceX described the flight as an effort to break through the border to prove that relatively healthy ordinary people can withstand the ordeal of space flight. During the flight around the earth, the crew will conduct medical research to investigate the impact of space flight on health and health.
The space flight also raises money for cancer research. Netflix is ready to make a documentary to make the public (especially the rich) more receptive to the idea of space travel. If the flight goes according to plan, there will be more similar space travel on SpaceX’s agenda in the next two years. In this new era, rich tourists flying around the earth or the moon may eventually become the new normal.
“I think in the next decade, ordinary families will be able to decide whether to spend their summer vacation in Disney World or in space,” said Meagan Crawford, managing partner of venture capital firm space fund, which is also one of SpaceX’s investors.
Two months ago, billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos took a short suborbital space trip in the spacecraft developed by their respective space companies. SpaceX’s flight will mark the first time that private space companies have put civilians into real orbit.
Peter Beck, CEO of rocket labs, said: “my personal view is that suborbital flight is like a swing in an amusement park, not a roller coaster in an amusement park. If you can choose, the swing may be interesting, but if you want a real experience, take a roller coaster!” the company is also making a rocket called neutron, The aim is to send humans deep into space by 2030.
Isaacman is the founder and CEO of shift4 payments, a payment processor. He worked with St. Jude Children’s research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and selected three people with different backgrounds and personal experiences to join him.
First, they selected Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a child cancer survivor who now works as a doctor’s assistant at St. Jude’s children’s research hospital. In order to raise money for the hospital, Isaacman held a lucky draw with the award of spaceship seats. The winner was Chris sembroski, 42, an air force veteran who works in the aerospace industry in Seattle. The fourth member is Sian Proctor, 51, a professor of Earth Sciences in Phoenix and a candidate for NASA’s astronaut class in 2009.
It was recently reported that Isaacman spent $200 million on this trip. In addition, he promised to donate $100 million to St. Jude Children’s research hospital. A spokesman for inspiration 4 said Isaacman declined to disclose the financial details of the flight.
Investors bet that no matter how much the total funding of inspiration 4 is, it will be insignificant compared with the upcoming space tourism boom. Analysts at UBS Group AG, including Myles Walton, said that by 2030, space tourism will rapidly develop into a $4 billion market. The bank raised its 2019 forecast from $3 billion in July, citing technological progress, capital inflows and more ambitious plans.
Andrew Chanin, co-founder and CEO of pure am, said: “we are looking for potential markets. What I want to see most is how these costs fall over time.” the company operates the space Exchange Trading Fund (ETF) and holds shares of companies such as Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic resumed ticket sales for spacecraft last month at $450000 per ticket, after the company had more than 600 backlog customers. Blue origin said that nearly 7600 people registered to bid for the auction in June to bid for the opportunity to fly with Bezos. An unidentified bidder offered $28 million. These high prices are unlikely to decline in the short term, but space travel may become the norm if launch companies and flight frequencies are increased to promote competition.
Dylan Taylor, CEO of Denver based Voyager space holdings, which owns shares in several space companies, including nanoracks, said: “at present, the demand for manned spaceflight far exceeds the supply.”.
Before Bezos and Branson, at least one rich man paid for space travel. In 2001, Dennis Tito, a former NASA engineer and American businessman, spent $20 million to buy a ticket to the international space station from the Russian space agency and stayed at the space outpost for eight days.

So far, SpaceX has sent 10 professional astronauts to the international space station and brought six back safely, while the remaining four are still in orbit. SpaceX plans to conduct its second purely commercial manned space flight in January next year, using Falcon 9 rocket and manned dragon spacecraft to launch four ordinary passengers for Houston based axiom space company. The company, founded by former NASA astronauts, intends to provide more such trips. In 2023, Japanese entrepreneur Qian Zeyou planned to travel around the moon with eight artists in SpaceX’s modified starship.
Shrouded in all the bold predictions and optimism are the distant and vivid memories of those who experienced the space shuttle Challenger crash in 1986. In the unfortunate 73 second flight, New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe and six NASA astronauts were killed. She was expected to be the first civilian to enter space, and the explosion of Challenger ended the dreams of other ordinary people to enter space.
Compared with decades ago, the launch of Russian Soyuz spacecraft and SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is safer. But experts say that even if a similar tragedy happens to the inspiration 4 crew, human space flight will not stop.
Andrew rush, President of Redwire, a space infrastructure and services company, said: “People have a broad enough understanding of the potential risks and prospects of the space business. In case of an unfortunate accident, people will continue to take action to help this dream come true. Inspiration 4 is the pioneer for ordinary people to enter orbit and experience space. This is a very exciting moment.” (reviewed by Tencent technology / Jinlu)