PUBLISHED: 08:28, Wed, Feb 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:48, Wed, Feb 19, 2020
SpaceX will allow tourists to buy a seat onboard their Crew Dragon spacecraft. The cuting-edge capsule was designed to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). But the trip will come at a price.
Although the cost for the space trip remains unclear, a seat is likely to be worth many tens of millions of dollars.
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SpaceX has also yet to confirm when the tourists will be able to set off on their mission.
However, the trip will likely occur before the end of 2021 and will last five days, according to Space Adventures, the booking agent that has partnered with SpaceX to sell the seats.
The tourists will be ferried on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, a capsule due to begin transporting NASA astronauts in the coming months.
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SpaceX signed the deal with the Washington-based Space Adventures, which served as an intermediary to send eight space tourists to the orbiting space laboratory via Russian Soyuz rockets.
The first of these was Dennis Tito, who paid $20 million (£15 million) for an eight hour stay on the ISS in 2001.
The last tourist to go was Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, in 2009.
Space Adventure’s president Tom Shelley said in a statement: “Our goal is to try to get to about two to three times the height of the space station.”