Since the 1950’s and the advantages of technology, mankind has developed an obsession with travelling to space. From watching the first rockets being launched, and Neil Armstrong's iconic first words as he stepped on the moon, we have watched the space race slow down. Now, we get to see live tweets from Mars from a robot. So, when will we get to travel to space?
What is space tourism?
Space tourism is just like other forms of tourism but instead of a new country, you will get to visit a new planet. The idea of having a hotel on the Moon or Mars was a dream back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Since then, pop culture has used the idea of space tourism and long term space travel as a plot device across countless shows. And now, we might just be able to make it a reality. Many tourism agencies know it is will take a lot time.
When will we travel?
At the moment, most space travel is reserved for the mega-rich and scientists. But the hope is that the cost of space travel will begin to come down in price as other options become available. Currently, SpaceX, the company owned by Elon Musk, is working to provide space travel to the International Space Station for private individuals throughout 2023. The cost of this trip is estimated to be around $55 million.
So, what about the rest of us?
Being able to travel to space is likely to come down in price over the course of the next 30 years. At the moment, the first space hotel is currently in the works with construction beginning in 2025, and it is one of three which have been planned. The Voyager Hotel will be a space station for tourists which orbits the Earth. Unlike staying on the International Space Station, you will have a private room, restaurant and bar to enough while you are there.
The Moon and Beyond
At the moment, there are only plans for the floating space hotels for the opportunity to holiday in space. Various private companies are working towards new vehicles which can travel safely from Earth to the different space stations. There has been talk about a space station or outpost being put on the Moon in the near future, including an orbital outpost named The Gateway to help with the 2024 mission. How long after this a proper lunar hotel is established is anyone's guess. But, it could be possible that it could be a reality by 2040. From 2033 onwards, there will be manned missions to Mars taking place, and a lunar outpost is considered crucial to the plans.
Although space tourism is not a new concept, it is fast becoming a reality. By 2030, the space tourism industry is expected to be valued at $3 billion, and that figure is set to grow. By 2050, the cost of visiting space may be within the budget of most people, and it could be no more spectacular than hopping on a plane to see another country.