A company from China is working on a plan to develop a tourist spaceship. According to New Scientist, this space agency intends to build a spacecraft larger enough for twenty visitors. The Chinese government is supporting China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. This company has designed two variants of the rocket which is supposed to set out in space based on its power. Some scientists are distrustful when it comes to this approach of the academy.
Lui Haiquang, a rocket scientist, has introduced the project developed by him and his team at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara. He told his public that the space agency is working on the possibility of enlarging the number of passengers. Han Pengxin, who is a team leader of the project, asserted that the tests regarding this journey are almost finished. Test flights are expected to be complete in two years.
Han wants to establish payload launches to start by 2020. If they demonstrate to be safe, passengers will be asked to pay between two hundred thousand dollars and two hundred and fifty thousand dollars per ride.
There are a lot of spaceflight companies that dream to reach such a goal. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two would be able to carry six people to the edge of our planet’s atmosphere. Blue Origin’s New Shepard would set out in space for the same purpose. It is obvious that the Chinese plan is bolder and promises to transport many people. The tourist spaceship will need to be lifted by an aircraft to the edge of the atmosphere. From there, it will be prone to set up like a rocket and automatically land on the runway, without additional interventions.
The Chinese Academy has developed two versions of the tourist spaceship. One of them would weigh 10 tons and would be able to carry five people a hundred kilometers high. The other version would weigh a hundred tons and should take about 20 people to an altitude of one hundred and thirty kilometers high. Both tourist spaceship models would be reused. The larger one will also send some satellites into orbit.
Roger Launius, from the National Air Space Museum, claims that the Chinese company’s plan still needs some improvements.
Would you pay $200,000 to have the chance to go on the tourist spaceship? Do you believe you will feel safe up there?
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