The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flies to the International Space Station after taking off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021 at Cape Canaveral. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Booking a flight has always meant a seat on an airplane, but now, if you have the money, you can book a flight to space on your own on a rocket.
“We are star travel agents! We are out of this world! joked Roman Chiporukha, CEO of Roman and Erica Inc.
Chiporukha just booked a client a ticket to travel 220 miles above Earth to the International Space Station.
“We’re basically a mix of a really well connected concierge, a top personal assistant and the most amazing luxury travel advisor,” Chiporukha explained. “Our customers call us and say, ‘Find me a nanny, book me a trip, sell my car, buy me a bag, call me tomorrow with an update.’”
They recently extended their services to space travel and have just sold their first package.
“The trip was purchased for $ 50 million, although future trips with this particular company are $ 55 million per person, for a 10-day mission to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX capsule. must complete approximately four months of training, between Houston, Germany, and Star City, Russia.
This is not mandatory, but participants are strongly encouraged to have a mission in mind for their visit.
“Instead of checking in at the Four Seasons, you check in with the International Space Station, so it’s not like you can walk around, take a dip in the pool. You want to occupy your time with something substantial. Most of those people who go there are working with existing institutions, be it hospitals or other research foundations, to do things that interest them and that also benefits humanity. Otherwise, you float in zero gravity asking the astronauts, “What is it, what is it?” There is work to be done and a sense of purpose.
It’s called space tourism, but for a mission like this, you don’t necessarily have a tour guide.
“No, the astronauts up there don’t cater to your every whim, you are one of them. Which is part of why the purpose of your presence up there is so important. I don’t really consider it. like a walk or a vacation. It really makes sense. “
But Roman and Erica Inc sells other experiences for those looking for more thrills.
“There’s a whole landscape of these private astronaut experiences that people haven’t considered. They are much more affordable and I say “affordable” with quotes. You can do a zero gravity flight, which I just experienced two weeks ago with ZERO-G, and it costs $ 6,700. You can find out what it’s like to walk on a lunar surface, a Martian surface, and weightlessness. You can do a centrifuge workout that is similar to the g-forces you will feel when getting into the rocket or returning. You can try on a pressurized astronaut spacesuit. All you hear in the news is “A billionaire goes to space!” This is great, and we have to support these people because they are pioneers, and we will lean on their shoulders and hope that our children can make $ 50,000 in 10 years. But there are a lot of other things that the general public can consume.
Chiporukha believes that these space trips are just the start of a new way of life for future humans.
“I really believe we’re meant to be a space species.”
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