Space Adventures, Inc. has reached an agreement with SpaceX that privately held people on the first crew Dragon free-flyer flight on the basis of the achievements of Crew Dragon’s first demonstration trip to the International Space Station in March 2019 and the recent successful testing of the spacecraft launch escaping device. Up to four individuals will break the global record for private spaceflight people and look at the planet Earth as nobody has seen since the Women’s programme.
This mission will be the first space tourism experience completely fitted with American technology, if interested parties are secured. Private people will fly on the fully independent crew dragon spacecraft created by the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX, the very same spacecraft and launch vehicle that will be used by SpaceX to carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
“We’re pleased to be working on a partnership with Space Adventure Team to help those who dream of spaceflight,” said Gwynne Shotwell, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX.
“With the advent of Space Adventures, the production of exclusive and previously impossible space for the private and public exists. From 2001 to 2009, our customers have traveled over 36 million miles through eight different ISS flights and, since their initial mission in 2010 there have been no technological developments that continuously amazed the industry even more than the reusable Dragon / Falcon 9 system,” said Eric Anderson, Chairman, Space Adventures.