SpaceX Says It May Build Starships Exclusively for Space Tourism

"Starship will be capable of carrying a lot more people at one time."
Rising Demand

SpaceX sent four astronauts on a three-day joyride around Earth in its Crew Dragon spacecraft last Wednesday. The mission has caused a surge of interest and sent SpaceX's share of the market soaring.

According to Benji Reed, senior director of human spaceflight programs at the company, this has led to a significant increase in people approaching us via our marketing and sales portals. Ars Technica quoted him as saying that Saturday's press conference. There is a lot of interest in the area right now.

Reed claims that Starship, the company's larger spacecraft, may be used to launch tourists. This is a huge upgrade that would allow for significantly more passengers to take a very expensive trip into space.

Starship is also on the horizon. Starship will be capable of carrying a lot more people at one time, he said. There are both Dragons as well as Starships. This is exciting.

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Starship Cruise

SpaceX has made great progress in developing its Starship spacecraft, and its Super Heavy booster. However, the launch system is still far from ready for orbit. Although a test flight to orbit was originally scheduled for this summer due to regulatory approvals and other red tape, a launch in 2021 is increasingly unlikely.

It is exciting to think of a Starship spacecraft that can accommodate 100 people who are keen to explore space by themselves. Crew Dragon has been a reliable means of transporting astronauts to International Space Station, but a cruise boat sounds more fun than a taxi.

Reed stated that Reed is looking into building more Crew Dragon capsules for tourism, if there is demand.

READ MORE: SpaceX is in high demand for free-flyer missions after Inspiration4 [Ars Technica]



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