Dec-30 How SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic plan on taking you to space..
Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson all want to send private citizens to space. Their respective companies SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are dedicated to making space travel and space tourism more accessible.
Blue Origins focus is on commercial space flight or space tourism. It plans to shoot a booster rocket with an attached passenger capsule to 60 miles above the surface into sub orbital space. At the top of the rockets arch, the capsule will detach, and for about four minutes, passengers will experience weightlessness. They will be allowed to unbuckle their seat belts and float around the cabin, looking out the window at the curvature of the Earth. The capsule will then start to fall back into the atmosphere, and parachutes will deploy to bring it down slowly. The whole trip only lasts about 11 minutes. A ticket on Blue Origins New Shepard will likely cost more than 200 000. That is over 18 000 a minute. Blue Origin has tested the New Shepard rocket nine times, and the company still hopes to send civilians into space in 2018.