elon musk – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 21:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png elon musk – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 Why space tourism is about to explode https://newtoncountymotourism.org/why-space-tourism-is-about-to-explode/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 21:14:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/why-space-tourism-is-about-to-explode/ Commercial space companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are doubling their flights this year. And shows no signs of slowing down. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company plans to double its commercial flights this year, with market rivals expected to follow, in anticipation of a space tourism boom for the elite. […]]]>

Commercial space companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are doubling their flights this year. And shows no signs of slowing down.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company plans to double its commercial flights this year, with market rivals expected to follow, in anticipation of a space tourism boom for the elite. Private space exploration companies have been launching spacecraft for years and have even beaten government projects during this time. These private companies have been so successful that the International Space Station, which has been operational for more than two decades, is expected to be shut down before the end of this decade. Instead, NASA expects these private companies to offer more efficient options. This could be due to the revenue these companies can generate through space tourism missions.

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Originally a concept reserved for cinema screens, space tourism for civilians is accessible to the wealthy. Blue Origin’s first spaceflight was a success and the winning bid sold for a whopping $28 million. The price rose from $4.8 million to $28 million in just over six minutes, demonstrating the demand for space tourism experiences and the willingness of the wealthy and wealthy to shell out the high prices they need. Virgin Galactic is mass space tourism or at least more affordable than its competitors. The company was selling space tickets for “just” $450,000 per seat and had a long waiting list of people willing to accept the offer.


Related: NASA Wants Robots to Build Moonbase for $200 Million

A report of Space News confirmed that Blue Origin plans to expand its commercial space missions, citing significant demand. “The market is robust, it is very robust“said Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith at the FAA’s 24th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference.”The challenge for Blue at this point is that we are actually limited by supplyWhile many people are willing to pay for flights to space, tourism companies are limited in the number of spacecraft that can be built. are needed to get these flights off the ground.


Blue Origin develops new vehicles for space tourism


To successfully increase the number of space missions per year, the company is looking to develop reusable launch systems. However, Blue Origin is aware that while reusable launch systems would mark the heart of the space tourism boom – it would increase the number of missions and reduce operating costs – it must be done safely. “This is the one we need to think about because this is where spaceflight got into trouble“Smith said.”We spent a lot of time thinking about how to methodically test a reusable launch system.“With a new spacecraft in the works and reusable launch technologies looming, the number of space tourism missions could double.


Other companies are expected to follow suit as these missions are incredibly profitable for space exploration companies. While scientific exploration missions can cost hundreds of millions, like space stations, space tourism missions require fewer resources. Additionally, wealthy tourists have expressed the desire and the means to pay multi-million dollar sums to experience space travel. For these reasons, the big three in space travel – Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic – will inaugurate the space tourism boom in the years to come.

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Space tourism is all yours, for a hefty price https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-is-all-yours-for-a-hefty-price/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-is-all-yours-for-a-hefty-price/ Alright, so it’s a new era, but what does it mean? Do these forays represent a future in which even the average person could book a celestial flight and bask in the splendor of Earth from above? Or is this just another way for the ultra-rich to show off their money while simultaneously ignoring and […]]]>

Alright, so it’s a new era, but what does it mean? Do these forays represent a future in which even the average person could book a celestial flight and bask in the splendor of Earth from above? Or is this just another way for the ultra-rich to show off their money while simultaneously ignoring and exacerbating our existential problems on the ground? Almost all of these 2021 escapades were the result of the efforts of three billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. Branson is only a single-digit billionaire, while Bezos and Musk have wealth measured in the hundreds of billions.

“The greatly undue influence of wealth in this country – for me, that’s at the heart of my issues with space tourism as it’s unfolding,” says Linda Billings, a communications researcher who consults for NASA and has writing on the societal impacts of spaceflight for over 30 years. “We’re so far from making this available to your so-called average person.”

Each seat on Virgin’s suborbital spaceplane, the cheapest way to go to space at the moment, will cost someone $450,000. A single seat on Blue Origin’s initial suborbital launch auctioned for $28 million, and the undisclosed price of SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 mission, which spent three days in orbit before crashing offshore of Florida, was estimated at $50 million. per passenger.

Not only are these thefts ridiculously out of financial reach for the average person, Billings says, they serve no real purpose — far from ideal given our earthly problems of inequality, environmental collapse and global pandemic. “We really don’t learn anything,” she says. “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of thought or awareness among the people engaged in these space tourism missions.”

Laura Forczyk, owner of space consultancy Astralytical, thinks it’s wrong to focus strictly on the financial aspect. “The narrator [last year] I was a billionaire in space, but it’s so much more than that,” says Forczyk, who wrote the book. Become out of the worldpublished in January, in which she interviewed government and private astronauts about why they go to space.

Forczyk sees the flights as great opportunities to conduct scientific experiments. The three commercial tourism companies have conducted research projects in the past, studying things like fluid dynamics, plant genetics and the human body’s response to microgravity. And yes, the wealthy are the target audience, but SpaceX’s Inspiration4 passengers included artist and scientist Sian Proctor and data engineer Chris Sembroski, who won their tickets through contests, as well as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Ambassador Hayley Arceneaux (the trip helped her raise $200 million in donations for the hospital). Blue Origin offered free trips to aviation pioneer Wally Funk, who as a woman was barred from becoming an Apollo astronaut, and Laura, the daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard.

Forczyk also quotes Iranian space tourist Anousheh Ansari, who flew to the ISS in 2006. “She told how she grew up in a war zone in Iran, and how [the flight] helped her see the world as interconnected,” says Forczyk.

Billings thinks the value of such testimonials is quite low. “All of these people are telling the press about the wonderful experience they had,” she says. “But listening to someone else tell you how exciting it was to climb Mount Everest doesn’t convey the actual experience.”

As with an Everest trek, there is the risk of death to consider. Historically, spaceflight has had a fatality rate of just under 4%, or about 266,000 times higher than commercial aircraft. Virgin suffered two major disasters during testing, killing a total of four employees and injuring four others. “A high-profile accident will come; it’s unavoidable,” says Forczyk. But even that, she predicts, won’t end space tourism. People continue to climb Everest, she notes, despite the danger.

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NASA space tourism launch delayed; Axiom Space will build an in-orbit studio for the Tom Cruise movie https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-space-tourism-launch-delayed-axiom-space-will-build-an-in-orbit-studio-for-the-tom-cruise-movie/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:39:12 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-space-tourism-launch-delayed-axiom-space-will-build-an-in-orbit-studio-for-the-tom-cruise-movie/ NASA has changed the planned launch date of a space tourism mission from late February to late March, with the three amateur astronauts keen to visit the International Space Station (ISS) having to wait a bit longer than expected. The private mission team is now targeting March 31 due to additional spacecraft preparations and space […]]]>

NASA has changed the planned launch date of a space tourism mission from late February to late March, with the three amateur astronauts keen to visit the International Space Station (ISS) having to wait a bit longer than expected.

The private mission team is now targeting March 31 due to additional spacecraft preparations and space station traffic, suggesting other spacecraft will maneuver around the ISS in late February and early March. , according to Texas-based Axiom Space, the organizer of this will be NASA’s first space tourism trip to the ISS.


Space Tourism Mission

American entrepreneur Larry Connor, former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe and Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy will be aboard the private astronaut mission called the Ax-1 space tourism mission.

As reported by Digital trendsthis private space mission is expected to last about a week on the International Space Station.

Additionally, flying as mission commander would be former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, completing the crew of the Ax-1 space tourism mission.

The crew will be launched into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with all four crew members being transported to and from the ISS by the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The mission is part of NASA and Roscosmos’ collaborative effort and initiative to commercialize the ISS to raise funds while improving access to space.

The target market for these space tourism expeditions is directed towards extremely wealthy people.

In fact, Russia’s Roscosmos has been operating space tourism missions on and off for years now.

This private mission marks a first for NASA’s first experience overseeing a space tourism mission.

Her most recent space tourism mission was in December when she used a Soyuz spacecraft to ferry two Japanese space tourists to the ISS, where they spent 12 days in space before returning to Earth.

Cost per trip

The astronauts of the Ax-1 space mission would work on the study of philanthropic projects which will most likely include different types of health-related activities.

Stibbe, Connor and Pathy paid the full price of $55 million each on their flight to space.

Read also: SpaceX Elon Musk: Population decline will negatively affect Mars colonization, provides mass extinction ‘solution’

Tom Cruise in space aboard the SEE-1 module

Meanwhile, a module has been commissioned by Space Entertainment Enterprise, a UK-based studio co-founded by creators Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky.

SEE-1 would be the world’s first multimedia and entertainment studio and multipurpose arena in space, according to NASA.

According to reports from CNBCthe producers of Tom Cruise’s next space movie have revealed plans to attach a studio to the International Space Station, which is currently being built by Houston-based company Axiom.

The launch of SEE-1 is scheduled for December 2024.

It will connect to Axiom’s first module, which will connect to the company’s space station in September 2024.

Another fundraiser is planned soon.

The company is currently in discussions with investors and business partners on the concept, Space Entertainment Enterprise said in a press release.

inflatable ISS

According to Axiom, the SEE-1 module will be an inflatable module with a diameter of more than 20 feet.

Because of the advantage of starting out in a smaller form factor and then expanding to a larger volume once in space, commercial companies designing space stations are increasingly turning to inflatable modules to build large living spaces.

As an example, in 2016, now-defunct space company Bigelow Aerospace attached its BEAM inflatable module to the International Space Station, which NASA continues to use for cargo storage in the research lab.

Related article: NASA rover’s search for life on Mars would have led to the discovery of frog-like rocks on the Red Planet?

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2021: a year of space tourism, the rise of China https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew […]]]>

From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .
Here are the selected highlights.

Red Planet Robot Duo

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for some time in the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it’s doing a detailed, long-term investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

Private space flight takes off

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the swordsman Captain Kirk in the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

Globalization of space

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (Palace in the Sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go into space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

Future…

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a US$10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Casey Drier, lead attorney for the Planetary Society.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden — even if he hasn’t made his support as clear.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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A year of space tourism, flights to Mars, the rise of China » Capital News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final […]]]>

Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .

Here are the selected highlights.

– Red Planet robot duo –

Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth look at what it meant to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own © AFP/File/Patrick T. FALLON

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

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“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it does a long-term detailed investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

– Private space flight takes off –

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

This NASA photo released on April 27, 2021 shows a black and white image taken by the navigation camera aboard NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter during its third flight to Mars on April 25, 2021 © NASA/AFP/File/Document

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the slick Captain Kirk in the 1960s “Star Trek” TV series, who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

– Globalization of space –

Students watch a live image of a lesson given by Chinese astronauts from China’s Tiangong space station at a school in Yantai, eastern China’s Shandong province © AFP/STR

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (palace in the sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go big in space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

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Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

– Coming soon… –

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on board rises from the launch pad, at the European Spaceport, Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, December 25, 2021 © AFP / jody amiet

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Planetary Society lead advocate Casey Drier.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden – even if he hasn’t been as vocal in his support.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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Weekend special: Will the phenomenal rise in space tourism benefit the world?, World News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/weekend-special-will-the-phenomenal-rise-in-space-tourism-benefit-the-world-world-news/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/weekend-special-will-the-phenomenal-rise-in-space-tourism-benefit-the-world-world-news/ The world is changing at a rapid pace. What was special before is common now. Space travel has also seen it lately. In the past, only scientific explorers ventured into space to find multiple answers, but now it has become a way to spend free time. Due to advancement and commercialization, space tourism has become […]]]>

The world is changing at a rapid pace. What was special before is common now.

Space travel has also seen it lately. In the past, only scientific explorers ventured into space to find multiple answers, but now it has become a way to spend free time.

Due to advancement and commercialization, space tourism has become a reality.

Several large conglomerates have entered this very lucrative arena.

Also Read: SpaceX Sends Detergent Into Space To Help Astronauts Wash Clothes

Not only that, competition in the industry has already intensified. These days, Elon Musk’s SpaceX runs missions to send tourists into space. He also worked on several other missions in coordination with NASA.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin also made their maiden flights. Many billionaires, such as Japanese tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, Branson and others, have visited space before.

Besides the billionaires, several others have also reached space or the International Space Station.

The American company Space Adventures, headed by Tom Shelley, sent about eight tourists to the ISS.

Read also | Watch: Finally, the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope scales the skies this Christmas

The industry also faces significant criticism due to its carbon footprint. This comes at a time when the world is looking to tackle climate change in a do or die situation.

Some companies use cleaner fuel for space travel, but others don’t.

Virgin Galactic said it plans to run 400 flights a year in the future. This shows that the popularity of space tourism will surely increase.

This can lead to a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore important to find the right balance between advancing in the form of space tourism and solving the problems of climate change.

Thus, this type of tourism can help transport people to other planets, but it can lead to the destruction of the Earth.

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Russia ready to “fight” for the supremacy of space tourism https://newtoncountymotourism.org/russia-ready-to-fight-for-the-supremacy-of-space-tourism/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/russia-ready-to-fight-for-the-supremacy-of-space-tourism/ After a decade-long hiatus, Russia is relaunching an ambitious bid to dominate the burgeoning global space tourism industry, jostling with zealous billionaires, the United States and rising China. Russia flaunted its comeback this month by sending two cosmic adventurers – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant – to the International Space Station (ISS) on […]]]>


After a decade-long hiatus, Russia is relaunching an ambitious bid to dominate the burgeoning global space tourism industry, jostling with zealous billionaires, the United States and rising China.

Russia flaunted its comeback this month by sending two cosmic adventurers – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant – to the International Space Station (ISS) on its first tourist launch in 12 years.

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Building on this success, Firebrand space chief Dmitry Rogozin spoke about Russia’s next steps towards supremacy: a special module at the ISS for Russian visitors, spacewalks outside from the station and, later, trips around the moon.

“We will not give the Americans this slot. We are ready to fight for it,” he told reporters at a press conference as Maezawa headed to the ISS on a 12-day mission. .

Yet Russia’s path to industry dominance is fraught with new hurdles that have emerged since it last emerged ten years ago.

At the time, the Russian space agency Roscosmos had a monopoly on sending curious people into space. That changed when U.S. agency NASA pulled its own astronaut shuttle back in 2011 and reclaimed all of the ISS seats Roscosmos had to offer for the next decade.

Then, last year, billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX burst onto the scene with its first successful ISS mission and NASA jettisoned Roscosmos.

At a reported $ 90 million per seat, it was a financial blow to the cash-strapped Russian space agency, simultaneously hit by budget cuts and corruption scandals.

Analysts say Roscosmos has no choice but to look to tourism to fill the gap. “The Russian space industry depends on consistent orders for these launches,” industry analyst Vitaly Yegorov told AFP.

The price of a seat – estimated at between $ 50 million and $ 60 million – covers the cost of building the three-person Soyuz spacecraft to transport the crew, he said, while a second traveler makes a profit . But space tourism isn’t just about money, officials say.

“It’s a national prestige. Young people are interested in human spaceflight. It’s the future, after all,” said Dmitry Loskutov, director of Glavkosmos, a Roscosmos subsidiary responsible for commercial projects, including tourism.

Russia, China and the United States are the only countries capable of manned flight, but a multitude of newcomers are entering the scene and forcing Russia to step up its game, SpaceX among them.

Musk has yet to take any tourists to the ISS, but this year his Inspiration4 brought an all-civilian crew into Earth orbit for a three-day mission.

Amazon Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic are also eager to be cut. Their two spacecraft made their maiden voyage this year, remaining weightless for several minutes before returning to Earth.

But Andrei Ionin of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics says you just can’t compare billionaires’ brief low-orbit flights to a multi-day mission to the ISS. “It’s like comparing Ferrari and the Renault market,” he said.

Loskutov echoed this point, saying that travel is more of the “entertainment industry” than space travel.

Still, Yegorov said, “the competition is increasing,” especially from SpaceX. Russia has taken note of this. He wants to expand his offerings, including a spacewalk on an upcoming tourism mission, Loskutov said.

Moscow also unveiled plans for its own orbital station with the ISS which is expected to retire within the next decade and Rogozin said there may be a “separate tourist module” on board.

He raised the possibility of new routes, for example by following the path of the first human in space, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Rogozin also said that after 2030, Roscosmos hopes to offer a trip around the moon.

But that timeline lags far behind SpaceX’s ambitions – it has announced a mission to take eight people around the moon as early as 2023. Another complication Roscosmos faces in the industry is to assess and meet demand.

On the one hand, Soyuz spacecraft are expensive and a mission takes at least two years to organize.

Loskutov said Russia has pre-ordered a rocket for the next launch, and Rogozin has asked his agency to increase production of Soyuz.

Real demand – not just interest – is also difficult to assess. Applicants should be prepared to shell out, meet health requirements, and commit to months of training and a period of re-education after returning to Earth. “In my opinion, it isn’t crowded – but you don’t need a lot anyway,” Ionin said.

At least for now, he said, Russia is ahead thanks to the Soyuz designed and tested by the Soviets. “For the next five to ten years there is no threat to Roscosmos’ business,” Ionin added.


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FAA withdraws astronaut wing program as race for commercial space tourism intensifies https://newtoncountymotourism.org/faa-withdraws-astronaut-wing-program-as-race-for-commercial-space-tourism-intensifies/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/faa-withdraws-astronaut-wing-program-as-race-for-commercial-space-tourism-intensifies/ Fox News’ Kat Timpf reacts to astronaut allegedly damaging plane after breaking up on ‘Kennedy’. The Federal Aviation Administration will retire its Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program as the number of manned spaceflights is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. BLUE ORIGIN FLIGHT: WHAT TO KNOW, HOW TO WATCH The Commercial Space Astronaut […]]]>

The Federal Aviation Administration will retire its Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program as the number of manned spaceflights is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years.

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The Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program, established in 2004 by Patti Grace Smith, former associate administrator of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, is designed to recognize pilots and flight crew who have advanced the agency’s mission of promote the development of vehicles for manned spaceflight. . Smith died in 2016 at the age of 68 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“With three commercial space companies now licensed by the FAA to fly spaceflight participants, and companies conducting operations, his vision is largely realized,” the agency said.

Instead of issuing the wings, the agency will recognize individuals reaching space on its website beginning in 2022. Anyone who is on an FAA-cleared or cleared launch and reaches 50 statute miles above the surface of the Earth will be listed on the site. .

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On Friday, the FAA announced it would award astronaut wings to 15 individuals who qualified through private space travel in 2021. Additionally, the agency is awarding honorary astronaut wings to Michael Alsbury and Peter Siebold , two Scaled Composite test pilots who were involved in the 2014 crash of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. Alsbury was killed in the crash. Siebold was injured but survived.

The latest awards bring the total number of people who received the distinction as part of the 24-hour program, including:

In this photo provided by Blue Origin, from left to right: Mark Bezos, brother of Jeff Bezos; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin; Oliver Daemen from the Netherlands; and Texas aviation pioneer Wally Funk. (Blue origin via AP)

  • Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and the crew of Unity 22, which launched July 11. Pilots David Mackay and Michael Masucci and chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses previously got their wings on the company’s VF-01 mission in 2019.

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson poses with the crew of the Unity 22 spacecraft (Galactic Virgo)

This undated photo made available by Blue Origin in October 2021 shows, from left, Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. (Blue origin via AP) (AP Newsroom)

  • SpaceX Inspiration 4 crew members Jared Isaacman, Haylely Arceneaux, Dr. Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski, who blasted off to space on September 15.
Inspiration4 will launch Sept. 15 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX announced in a press release Friday.

Inspiration4’s all-civilian crew consists of Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, leftmost, Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, Mission Commander Jared Isaacman, and Medic Hayley Arceneaux. (SpaceX/Inspiration 4)

Scaled Composites test pilot Michael Melville, who flew SpaceShipOne on Virgin Galactic’s Flight 15FP and Flight 16FP missions in 2004, was the first to earn astronaut wings through the program. The second was Scaled Composites test pilot Brian Binnie, who piloted SpaceShipOne on the company’s Flight 17P mission in 2004.

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Blue Origin plans to launch its third manned spaceflight with six crew members on Saturday morning, who will also be eligible to receive commercial astronaut wings.

“Good Morning America” ​​co-host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, will fly as guests of honor. Voyager Space Holdings CEO Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and his son Cameron will join the flight as paying customers. The company previously said it planned to launch “several” crewed and payload flights in 2022.

Crew of Blue Origin NS-19 (Credit: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin NS-19 Crew (blue origin)

Virgin Galactic will perform two more crewed test flights, Unity 23 and Unity 24, before commencing commercial spaceflight. Virgin’s first commercial spaceflight, Unity 25, is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022. In November, the company said it sold about 100 seats for its future commercial spaceflights at $450,000 apiece, bringing its total reservations to 700.

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Meanwhile, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA’s Crew-4 mission in April 2022 and Crew-5 mission no earlier than Fall 2022. Additionally, NASA has announced plans to buy three more trade crew missions, with the first launch starting as early as 2023.

SpaceX also hopes to launch the first uncrewed orbital test flight of its Starship vehicle in January, subject to the completion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s environmental review of the spacecraft’s orbital launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. , by the end of 2021. Starship will be used to transport humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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Japanese tycoon arrives at ISS as Russia resumes space tourism https://newtoncountymotourism.org/japanese-tycoon-arrives-at-iss-as-russia-resumes-space-tourism/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/japanese-tycoon-arrives-at-iss-as-russia-resumes-space-tourism/ Baikonur, Kazakhstan – A Japanese billionaire arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking Russia’s return to space tourism after a decade-long hiatus that saw rising competition from the United States. Online fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier on Wednesday. They docked […]]]>

A Japanese billionaire arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking Russia’s return to space tourism after a decade-long hiatus that saw rising competition from the United States.

Online fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier on Wednesday.

They docked with the Poisk module of the Russian segment of the ISS at 1340 GMT, the Russian space agency said.

A live feed from Roscosmos showed the hatch of the Soyuz MS-20 capsule opened at 4:11 p.m. GMT, showing Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin entering the ISS, followed by Maezawa and Hirano, the first private Japanese citizens to visit the space from the journey of journalist Toyohiro Akiyama. to the Mir space station in 1990.

Their trip aboard the three-person Soyuz spacecraft piloted by cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin lasted just over six hours, capping a banner year that many have seen as a turning point for private space travel.

On launch day, Maezawa and his crew left their hotel in Baikonur to a Soviet-era song played for all cosmonauts before their flights. The song, about cosmonauts missing at home, was sung partially in Japanese.

Maezawa’s family and friends – some holding Japanese flags – waved him off as he was driven away to have his spacesuit adjusted.

“Dream comes true,” the mogul tweeted Wednesday morning.

Fellow billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have all made groundbreaking commercial tourist flights this year, entering a market Russia is keen to defend.

The trio will spend 12 days on the station. Japanese tourists plan to document their daily life aboard the space station to share on Maezawa’s popular YouTube channel.

The 46-year-old billionaire has set out 100 tasks to complete on board, including organizing a badminton tournament in orbit.

The space station is home to an international crew of seven, including two Russian cosmonauts and a Japanese astronaut.

Maezawa, who is a space enthusiast, also plans to take eight people with him on a 2023 mission around Musk’s SpaceX-operated moon.

Before its layoff, Russia used to take self-funded tourists into space.

In partnership with the American company Space Adventures, the space agency Roscosmos has taken eight tourists to the space station since 2001, including one twice.

The last was Canadian Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté in 2009, who became the first clown in space. In October, Russia launched its first untrained cosmonauts into space since that trip, bringing a Russian actress and director to the space station where they filmed scenes for the first movie in orbit.

Moscow had stopped sending tourists into space after NASA retired the space shuttle in 2011, leaving Russia with a monopoly on supplying the space station.

NASA purchased all Soyuz launch seats for $90 million per seat, effectively ending tourist flights.

But that all changed last year when a SpaceX spacecraft successfully delivered its first astronauts to the space station.

NASA began buying flights from SpaceX, stripping Russia of its monopoly and costing its cash-strapped space agency millions of dollars in revenue.

Although the cost of space tickets for tourists has not been disclosed, Space Adventures said it is between $50 million and $60 million.

Roscosmos said it plans to continue expanding its space tourism business, already ordering two Soyuz rockets for such trips.

The agency also announces a spacewalk to be performed by a tourist during a trip to a space station in 2023.

But Roscosmos also faces competition from SpaceX in space tourism.

Earlier this year, a Crew Dragon capsule flew an all-civilian mission on a three-day trip around Earth orbit in a historic first.

Also hot on the heels of Russia are Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which completed their first tourist trip this year.

Although the flights of these companies do not go into orbit, they offer several minutes of weightlessness without requiring months of training and at a significantly lower cost.

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Russia returns to space tourism as Japanese tycoon soars to ISS https://newtoncountymotourism.org/russia-returns-to-space-tourism-as-japanese-tycoon-soars-to-iss/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/russia-returns-to-space-tourism-as-japanese-tycoon-soars-to-iss/ Russia will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday to mark Moscow’s return to the now booming space tourism sector after a decade-long hiatus. One of Japan’s richest men, Maezawa, 46, will take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano. On Sunday morning, […]]]>


Russia will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday to mark Moscow’s return to the now booming space tourism sector after a decade-long hiatus.

One of Japan’s richest men, Maezawa, 46, will take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano.

On Sunday morning, their Soyuz spacecraft with a Japanese flag and an “MZ” logo for Maezawa’s name was moved to the launch pad in unusually humid weather for Baikonur, a reporter from Agence France-Presse noted ( AFP).

The mission will end a decade-long hiatus in Russia’s space tourism program, which has not accepted tourists since Canada’s Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté in 2009.

However, in a historic first, Russian space agency Roscosmos sent actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to the ISS in October to film scenes from the first film in orbit in a bid to beat a rival Hollywood project.

Maezawa’s launch comes at a difficult time for Russia as its space industry struggles to stay relevant and keep up with Western competitors in the modern space race.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s US company SpaceX last year ended Russia’s monopoly on manned flights to the ISS after delivering astronauts to the orbiting lab in his Crew Dragon capsule.

However, this also freed up seats on Russian Soyuz rockets previously purchased by NASA, allowing Moscow to accept paying tourists like Maezawa.

Their three-seater Soyuz spacecraft will be piloted by Alexander Misurkin, a 44-year-old Russian cosmonaut who has already flown two missions to the ISS.

The couple will spend 12 days aboard the space station where they plan to document their trip for Maezawa’s YouTube channel with more than 750,000 subscribers.

The mogul is the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall and the country’s 30th richest man, according to Forbes.

“I’m almost crying because of my impressions, it’s so impressive,” Maezawa said in late November after arriving in Baikonur for the final days of preparation.

Maezawa and Hirano have spent the last few months training in Star City, a city outside of Moscow that has groomed generations of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts.

“The hardest workout ever”

Maezawa said exercising on the rotating chair “almost looked like torture.”

“It’s the hardest training ever,” he tweeted at the end of November.

So far, Russia has sent seven self-funded tourists to space in partnership with US company Space Adventures. Maezawa and Hirano will be the first from Japan.

Maezawa’s launch comes at the end of a year that has become a milestone for amateur space travel.

In September, SpaceX performed a historic flight taking the first fully civilian crew on a three-day journey around Earth orbit on a mission called Inspiration4.

Blue Origin, the company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, flew two missions beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Passengers included 90-year-old Star Trek star William Shatner and Bezos himself.

Soon after, billionaire Richard Branson traveled aboard his Virgin Galactic spacecraft which also offered a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.

These trips mark the start of opening up the space to non-professionals with other launches announced for the future.

In 2023, SpaceX plans to take eight amateur astronauts around the moon on a Maezawa-funded space flight, which will also be on board.

Russia has also said it will take more tourists to the ISS during future Soyuz launches and also plans to offer one of them a spacewalk.

For Russia, retaining its title as a leading space nation is a matter of national pride stemming from its achievements in Soviet times amid rivalry with the United States.

The Soviets invented a number of firsts in space: the first satellite, the first man in space, the first woman in space, the first spacewalk, to name a few – a few.

But in recent years, Russia’s space program has suffered setbacks, including corruption scandals and botched launches, and has had to contend with cutbacks in public funding.

The industry remains dependent on Soviet design technology and although new projects have been announced, such as a mission to Venus, their timing and feasibility remain unclear.

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