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SpaceX Signs New Agreement To Send Lucky Tourists To Space

Looks like space is indeed the next frontier. Thanks to a new deal that SpaceX recently signed, tourists can now experience what zero gravity feels like for themselves.

Space Tourists

Founded by famous personality and billionaire Elon Musk, the private spaceflight company has reportedly recently signed an agreement with the U.S. space tourism company Space Adventures to launch up to four lucky passengers on an orbital trip aboard one of the company’s Crew Dragon space capsules. Launching as early as late 2021, the mission can last up to a total of five days, per representatives from Space Adventures.

“This historic mission will forge a path to making spaceflight possible for all people who dream of it, and we are pleased to work with the Space Adventures team on the mission,” SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a recent statement.

Through this new deal, Space Adventures would reportedly be using one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets and Crew Dragon vehicle to get up to Earth’s orbit and take up to four passengers along with it in the adventure of a lifetime. However, the trip would not make a stop in the International Space Station and would be remaining in orbit as a free-flying spacecraft.

“This will provide up to four individuals with the opportunity to break the world altitude record for private citizen spaceflight and see planet Earth the way no one has since the Gemini program,” Space Adventures representatives said in a statement.

“Honoring our combined histories, this Dragon mission will be a special experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity – capable of reaching twice the altitude of any prior civilian astronaut mission or space station visitor,” Space Adventures chairman Eric Anderson added in another statement.

To date, Space Adventures already arranged eight orbital trips to the ISS for seven customers.

However, both Space Adventures and SpaceX still hasn’t announced how much the prices will be for the new tourist destination.

“Creating unique and previously impossible opportunities for private citizens to experience space is why Space Adventures exists,” Anderson said. 

SpaceX Dragon This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows a view of The Palms, Dubai as the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft passes below, in an image taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station on April 10, 2016. Tim Peake/ESA/NASA via Getty Images