Billionaires with a technical streak have a new dream – to sell people tickets to space. Ilon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and even Dmitry Rogozin talk about affordable alien tourism. When will we fly not to the sea, but to Mars?
The first tourist flight into orbit occurred in 2001 – American entrepreneur Dennis Tito paid $ 20 million to get on the ISS. Then six more civilians came to the stars, but in 2009 the shop was closed down – since then there has not been a single vacationer in space. Only professionals.
However, everything will change soon: in 2023, Musk will send a Japanese businessman, Yusaku Maedzav, and his creative friends to the Moon. Ilona is catching up with other leaders of exotic tourism: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson, and even Roskosmos director Dmitry Rogozin.
In a few years, hundreds of tourists will rush into space. Is there any chance that not only billionaires will be able to buy a ticket?
Expensive and very expensive
If before citizens flew for millions of dollars, today Virgin Branson and Blue Origin Bezos allow you to rise above the Earth for $ 200-300 thousand. Both companies have not yet driven private traders, but are about to begin: Virgin has already launched a test ship with a fitness trainer on board, and Blue Origin will open the route in a couple of years. True, this is not the flight that the ISS visitors had. According to the program, the ship rises to a suborbit, hangs in zero gravity for a couple of minutes, passengers admire the Earth, and then happily return home.
Full-fledged tourism still costs space in every sense of money. For 30-40 million dollars Roscosmos proposes to repeat the “Gagarin route”: just fly around the Earth without looking at the ISS. The docking will cost another 10-20 million. And in a few years, over 70 million will fall to the tail of the most fashionable SpaceX Crew Dragon from the workshops of Ilona Mask.
But there is a chance that someday we will be able to drive to Mars for just … six million. Rubles.
Why fly on an ordinary ship is terribly expensive? There are few places. Even in the huge SpaceX Crew Dragon only seven climb. Minus pilots, minus engineers, there are a couple of seats – of course, there will be exorbitant sums. Taxi is more expensive than a bus, right? And rockets have long been a sort of taxi, designed for a single, but solvent client. However, the bus is already looming on the horizon – SpaceX Starship . It was on him in 2024 that a Japanese businessman with his company would jerk to the moon.
The thing is that the Starship accommodates up to one hundred passengers. And the more people buy a ticket, the cheaper it will be. “It depends on the number of applicants, but I’m sure that moving to Mars one day will cost less than $ 500,000. Or maybe less than $ 100,000, ” Ilon Musk tweeted somehow . Given that he talked about the conquest of the red planet, we can assume that a visit to the same moon would cost less.
Get ready: it is possible that in a couple of decades we will post photos not from Turkey, but straight from the fourth planet from the Sun. Learn Martian.