The privatisation of space travel continues to heat up between Space X and Boeing as SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that he’s looking forward to sending humans into space next year
Space X and Boeing, both of which received contracts from NASA to build spacecraft to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, have changed launch plans from 2017 to 2018. In 2014, NASA awarded Space X a $2.6 billion contract to carry crew to space.
Space X is developing the Dragon 2 spacecraft and Boeing is building the CST-100 Starliner. Musk founded Space X to lower the cost of space travel with the aim to create a space tourism market and with the eventual goal of colonizing Mars.
Space X is planning a demonstration mission in February 2018, followed by a test in June that will have two crew members aboard, according to NASA.
Boeing is scheduled to conduct an orbital flight test in June, followed by a manned test in August 2018. Both firms are in direct competition to rule, what is bound to be, an extremely lucrative industry once all the technical issues have been resolved.
Space X announced in February that it plans to send to private citizens in a crewed Dragon on a trip around the moon next year—an important step towards the company’s ultimate goal. At the time, SpaceX said the private mission would be launched once the operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA
So it seems that 2018 is the year that space tourism becomes a reality. Would want to take a trip to the moon? How much would you be willing to pay? As Always let us know in the comments below