In the coming weeks, NASA could certify SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to fly humans.
It completed its last major testing milestone in January. After this, not only NASA can use this space capsule for its missions but also commercial flights as suborbital space tourism could be possible. Space Adventures remains the only company to have coordinated tourism flights to Earth's orbit. The Virginia-based company has worked with Russia to use its Soyuz spacecraft to fly ultra-wealthy individuals to the International Space Station. SpaceX's president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, said in a statement Tuesday that the company is "pleased to work with the Space Adventures' team" on a Crew Dragon tourism trip. SpaceX has signed a deal.
Space Adventures plans to help organize a flight for four people aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2021, according to a press release released Tuesday. It could take the tourists to altitudes two to three times higher than where the International Space Station orbits. For the instant, nothing about the price was said but the trip will be priced in the tens of millions of dollars. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin companies are also separately developing vehicles for suborbital space tourism.