Proud South African and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, announced that the first space tourists had officially booked their adventures and are to commence fitness and technical training in the very near future.
“Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” – Spacex Blog
SpaceX will launch from the dedicated platform near Cape Canaveral, Florida, which was used for the Apollo programmes. Since the final Apollo mission in 1972, no human beings have travelled past the low Earth orbit, making this adventure another major milestone for humanity. For security reasons, SpaceX has not yet revealed the tourists’ details or the price of the week-long trip into outer space, however the company has confirmed that they intend to establish the experience as more than a once-off event.
With an ambitious timeline, SpaceX is showing serious mettle. The project will rely on rockets and spacecraft which will be tested in the field, for the first time, over the next few months. Powering the mission is the Falcon Heavy rocket and, carrying the tourists, the Crew Dragon spacecraft.