Even though the idea of space tourism might seem unreal to many, the concept is 100 per cent real. It is only a matter of time before humans venture out to space for recreational trips. And for that, the world’s first spaceship tourist plane will be ready by 2022! By Kumar Shree
Every new innovation has a lot of back and forth involved in its developmental stage. Things look no different for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic that has been in the making since 2014. However, the company recently said that they are planning a new test flight for their SpaceShipTwo craft soon.
If things go as per plan, the vessel will be ready to take humans on a 90-minute trip to space. Not just that, but the company also released a virtual tour of VSS Unity’s passenger cabin, which will make the journey possible. The virtual tour reveals that the carrier will be able to carry eight individuals, including two space pilots.
The spacecraft will have reclining seats specially designed to suit every individual’s height and weight. What’s even more fascinating is that every passenger will have a personal integrated communication system that will allow passengers to communicate directly with the pilots. Its large circular porthole windows will offer mesmerising views of the Blue Planet as the spacecraft will go 97 kilometres away from the Earth’s surface.
Since the adventure is not just any regular trip, it will also come with specific rules to be followed. Since smartphones could hurt the passengers—as they are likely to float, owing to space’s zero gravity—these devices won’t be allowed on the spaceship. If that worries you about missing photo-ops, fret not, as the carrier will have 16 cameras around the cabin to click photos and record videos.
Passengers onboard will be allowed to remove their harness and experience floating in zero gravity up to a permissible point. The spacecraft will come with soft furnishings to ensure no one gets hurt.
As of now, about 60 people have signed up for these trips. The return ticket costs USD 2,50,000 (INR 1,80,00,000). The spacecraft will take off from Virgin Galactic’s spaceport in New Mexico. Although the trip does not have a designated date yet, it is certain to take place soon.