Space tourism: for the masses or just the super-rich?

Space tourism is all the rage among the billionaire set, but is this something that mere mortals can aspire to? Tara Craig talks to commercial spaceflight expert Dr Maharaj Vijay Reddy

July 2021 was quite a month for commercial space flight. First, we had entrepreneur Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity reaching space on July 11 for the spacecraft’s 22nd test flight, but its first with a full crew onboard. Just over a week later, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos blasted off on the Blue Origin-owned spacecraft New Shepard. He and his brother Mark were accompanied by Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, the youngest and oldest people, respectively, to visit space. There have also been rumblings for some time that Space X founder Elon Musk is planning to head for the stars soon.

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Sirisha Bandla of Virgin Galactic aboard VSS Unity Virgin Galactic

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