First we had the inauguration of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic ‘SpaceShipTwo’ suborbital spacecraft earlier this year, which is designed to eventually propel two pilots and six passengers to the edge of space. Now Aerospace company Boeing has jumped on board with the promise of a trip to the International Space Station in 2015, reports The Daily Mail.
Two ‘Apollo-style’ vessels are currently under construction seating seven people: three tourists and four crew members. 300 wannabe astronauts have already reserved a seat on the future CST-100 spacecraft, which will supposedly depart from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
So if, in five years time, you want to join one of the groups of three tourists in the compact capsule destined to see the curvature of the earth and experience weightlessness for several minutes, then book now.
A trip to the cosmos does not come cheap, however. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte paid more than £22m for a ten-day trip in the rival Russian-owned spaceship Soyuz. Prices are yet to be announced but Boeing and space tourism company Space Adventures executives say they will be 'competitive'.