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What Does the Future of Space Travel Look Like?

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Kids the world over dream of becoming an astronaut when they grow up, and the allure and mystery of space and trying to get there has kept us wondering for decades. What does the future of space travel look like to us, and can we expect to board a ship to outer space any time soon?

Step Aside, Government

Traditionally, since the early days of man’s fascination with space and our yearning to reach it, the exorbitant costs and investments needed to build rockets capable of reaching space have been constrained to the realm of the large governments of the world. The Space Race of the 1960s between the then-USSR and the United States of America’s NASA set the standard for decades that followed, but that’s changing quickly. Recently, several private companies have started looking skywards and to the stars. If you’re interested in their progress, keep an eye on https://www.thespacereport.org for up-to-date news and information about the Space Ecosystem.

Companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX have worked hand-in-hand with NASA to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, and they’re the biggest non-government entity to do so. They’re also launching many satellites into orbit at much lower costs than traditionally thought possible, thanks to the development of a reusable rocket, the Falcon Rocket.

Mission to Mars

SpaceX has also been developing a new kind of spacecraft for almost 20 years, which they call (somewhat uncreatively) Starship. It’s expected that sometime in the very near future, this spacecraft will be launched into orbit around Earth, and eventually, it will carry human beings to Mars. It too is going to be reusable, not only able to land back on Earth, but also be refuellable while it’s in orbit around the Earth, so the cost of getting it out of the Earth’s atmosphere won’t be one that needs to factor into the costs of using it to fly between planets in the solar system.

This will reduce the costs of using Starship for missions and even routine flights between planets by huge amounts and get us closer to a point where space travel might become cost-effective enough that more people will get to experience it, a term that has become known as Space Tourism.

Space Tourism

Imagine if your next holiday wasn’t to the shores of a tropical island or to experience another country, but instead, it was a trip to space. This is what companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are promising to make a reality in the coming years. Instead of a trip for a purpose or scientific advancement, these companies want to make it possible for human beings to travel to space purely for recreational reasons.

For now, the future of space travel is companies aiming to commercialize space flight itself, with a round trip with no destination to the edge of the atmosphere and back again. Dreams of space-based hotels, like that of the Galactic Suite Space Resort, haven’t found their way into reality yet, but it’s only a matter of time before we can stay in a hotel at the edge of outer space.

Amenorhu kwaku
Amenorhu Kwaku

Amenorhu kwaku is an author, internet marketer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SuccessValley, a network community for students and aspiring entrepreneurs