SpaceX to launch citizens into space possibly as early as 2021
FOX Business’ Lauren Simonetti explains how Elon Musk’s SpaceX may be set to launch private citizens to orbit around Earth come early 2021.
SpaceX and space tourism agency Space Adventures are partnering on a mission to send four private citizens into orbit on a pioneer excursion, the companies said Tuesday.
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The announcement comes after SpaceX sent their Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station for the first time in March 2019 and then successfully tested a simulated rocket failure on Jan. 19, proving its preparedness to send people into orbit with Space Adventures.
"This historic mission will forge a path to making spaceflight possible for all people who dream of it, and we are pleased to work with the Space Adventures’ team on the mission," Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.
The trip will be the first space tourism experience for private citizens using entirely American-made technology, the release said.
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The only other space tourism experience to send private citizens into orbit was performed by the Russian Space Agency in conjunction with Space Adventures. The RSA plans to partner with Space Adventures again to send to citizens into space in 2021, according to a Feb. 19, 2019, statement from Russian space agency Roscosmos.