In just a few short months, the world will witness the very first commercial flight to space. Hundreds of people are already in line to become the very first passengers on a suborbital flight to space. Including some of the wealthiest people in Canada, primarily in Ontario and Alberta.
Virgin Galactic, the world's leading space tourism airline, is set to launch sometime in 2019. A single ticket for a Virgin Galactic flight costs a quarter-million dollars US, about $329,042 Canadian.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a space tourism aircraft of his own, called Blue Origin. Blue Origin will reportedly start selling tickets for space excursions as early as next year, for around $200,000 US a pop.
Passengers on Blue Origin would soar 100 kilometres above planet Earth in a pod-like capsule, then float back down to the atmosphere at the end of a parachute.
Blue Origin claims to be at the frontier of more than just one-off trips to space. Their latest project, called New Glenn, is a "major step toward achieving our vision of millions of people living and working in space." New Glenn will be a reusable vessel that carries people and payloads routinely to Earth orbit.
Check out Blue Origin's dramatic renderings of New Glenn in action:
Experts are absolutely sure that space tourism will become affordable to the public someday, but not for another 10 to 15 years. Until then, only the world's privileged few will get the opportunity.
Source: Huffington Post