Three big names in the aerospace industry, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson, haven't exhausted all resources here on Earth, but they're already looking up to the sky for their ambitious goals of making space a tourist-friendly spot--but how will they pull it off?
All three tech CEOs have done marvelous feats in the past year through their companies, Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Nevertheless, all three share the same goal: making the final frontier an easy place to travel to, if ever the going gets even rougher.
Elon Musk's SpaceX and Its Martian Ambition
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Musk's SpaceX is among the frontrunners in space tourism.
According to Maxim, Musk's SpaceX has long announced its goal to colonize the Red Planet. To do so, Musk has partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to bring two veteran astronauts to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
Moreover, the company had built a better spacesuit for astronauts, which they had unraveled earlier this year when the mission began.
All eyes were on the mission, and it proved to be successful, marking another achievement to the company's expanding list of things they have done incredibly well. Thus, Musk began to detail more of his plans to colonize Mars, including sending the first people who must be "willing to die."
But before Musk can bring people to Mars, he must bring civilians to space first--and he is indeed planning to launch four tourists to super-high orbit by 2021, going higher than the ISS.
The tickets' pricing hasn't been revealed yet, but people are already expecting to reach millions of dollars.
Virgin Galactic Hopes to Bring Stars to Space
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Virgin Galactic rumored to bring A-list stars to space.
Another competitor for the first person to bring civilians to space is Richard Branson. The latter founded the Virgin Galactic, which has revealed its design for its supersonic jet in August--an incredible aircraft that can travel over three times the speed of light.
Branson's Virgin Galactic is a front-runner in the space tourism industry as it has already pre-sold more than 600 tickets to would-be space tourists who will fly to space aboard the SpaceShipTwo, which costs $250,000 each.
The company had accomplished two suborbital missions in December 2018 and February 2019.
Rumor has it that among the first space tourists who have bought seats at the SpaceShipTwo are A-list actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Brad Pitt, as well as big names in the music industry like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber.
Bezos' Blue Origin for Project Artemis
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Bezos-founded Blue Origin helps NASA.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos has his eyes set on perhaps a common sci-fi trope: an industrial base in space.
Bezos' company, Blue Origin, has also been chosen by NASA earlier this year to be part of the Artemis Project, aiming to bring humans back to the moon, and then even further to Mars.
To help with the project, the company was tasked to design and build one of the human lunar landers, which they have named Blue Moon, for the future mission to our neighbor. According to a report by TechCrunch, the company has recently completed its first key milestone.
We'll likely hear more of these space tourism and exploration achievements in a few years or so, especially with these three names in the lead.
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