$55M Per Person for First Private Space Flight
Wanna getaway? Got $55 million? Hitch a ride on a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station.
2020 was a tough year, and because of the pandemic lots of folks had to delay their vacation plans. Now that the vaccine is rolling out and experts are predicting a slowdown in COVID-19 cases, maybe we can start planning our getaways. Enter Axiom Space.
According to a report from KWTX, Axiom Space is the company led by a former NASA astronaut who'll take the first three men up to the International Space Station on a private flight aboard a SpaceX rocket next January.
These guys paid $55 million each to literally leave the world behind.
Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former NASA astronaut, will be the mission commander.
Mike Suffredini, Axiom's chief executive and president, said, “This is the first private flight to the International Space Station. It’s never been done before.” While Michael Lopez-Alegria will be the mission commander, “the other three guys are just people who want to be able to go to space, and we’re providing that opportunity,” Suffredini told The Associated Press.
The crew will launch from Cape Canaveral onboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule and spend 8 days at the International Space Station. They include Larry Connor, a real estate and tech entrepreneur from Dayton, Ohio, Canadian financier Mark Pathy, and Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe, who was a close friend of Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut who was killed in the space shuttle Columbia accident in 2003.
Each of the men taking the trip will also perform science research while in space.
Axiom plans on taking two trips a year to the space station and is also working on live-in compartments for 2024.
How long do you think it will before you and I can afford to take a vacation to the International Space Station? Would you go if the price was right?