Elon Musk-led private space launch company SpaceX plans to send three tourists to the International Space Station (ISS). The 10-day long space voyage would take place sometime around the end of 2021. The tourists will be shot into orbit in a Crew Dragon space capsule sitting atop a Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
- The logistics of the trip would be managed by Axiom Space, a Houston Based startup which recently signed up with SpaceX for the space tourism project.
- Although private tourists have already spent time aboard the ISS, this would be the first time that such a trip is being fully organised by private companies.
- Each of the total three tickets cost 55 million dollars, and one seat has already been booked.
- This is the second space tourism project announced by SpaceX this year, as just last month the company unveiled that it would be collaborating with Space Adventures to launch four private citizens on a mission that would circumnavigate the Earth's orbit.
- The International Space Station (ISS) is a multi-nation construction project that is the largest single structure humans ever put into space.
- Its main construction was completed between 1998 and 2011, although the station continually evolves to include new missions and experiments.
- It has been continuously occupied since Nov. 2, 2000.