The company Ilona Mask SpaceX has signed a contract to organize a five-day space tour for four tourists. During the mission, tourists will try to reach a height of two to three times farther from the ISS from Earth. SpaceX signed an agreement with the American space travel operator Space Adventures for the flight of four tourists in the Crew Dragons capsule "approximately at the end of 2021 - at the beginning of 2022," CNBC reports. The ship will be launched from the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the trip will last five days. The cost of the trip companies did not disclose.
During the mission, the ship will be “in free flight”: it will not dock with the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit, but will simply go in orbit before returning to Earth. At the same time, the founder of Space Adventures Eric Anderson said that in this project they will try to reach a height of two to three times higher than the ISS, rotating at a distance of 408 km from Earth.
“This historic mission will pave the way for making space flights accessible to all who dream about it, and we are excited to work on it with the Space Adventures team,” said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynn Shortwell.
Space Adventures has already sent people into space. Together with Roscosmos, the company organized cosmoships on Soyuz ships of eight wealthy clients over the past two decades. One of them, the founder of Cirque Du Soleil, Guy Laliberte paid $ 35 million for an 11-day trip to the ISS in 2009.