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Blue Origin, which will auction a seat on a flight scheduled for July 20, said the winner must be able to withstand 3 times the force of gravity for two minutes on ascent and 5 and a half times the force of gravity for a few seconds. in landing. Participants must be between 5 and 6 feet (152 and 182 centimeters) tall and weigh between 110 and 223 pounds (approximately 49 to 100 kilograms).
Physical and mental readiness
During sweepstakes for a seat on a SpaceX flight organized to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, organizers said participants should be “physically and psychologically prepared for training”.
“Most people will be able to fly on a Dragon spacecraft,” said Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, likening it to being able to ride a roller coaster.
The writer pointed out that the Virgin Galactic website does not list any physical requirements for future astronauts because it promises good physical preparation for each astronaut “through a program of medical examinations and customized training.”
How much does a space ticket cost?
About the cost of a space ticket, the writer explained that it depends on the cost of flight. For example, flying to the International Space Station for a week on a flight from Axiom Space costs $55 million per person.
NASA receives part of the amount, in addition to charging – under the new special astronaut pricing guidelines – $10 million per week for each astronaut. It also charges other fees, including $2,000 per day per person for food.
Previously, Virgin Galactic, the space project created by Richard Branson, charged $250,000 for sub-orbital flights, where passengers live a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.
But when ticket sales reopen later this year, the company assured that the cost would rise. He did not mention the new price, but analysts said they expect the amount to be around $500,000.
Blue Origin, owner of Jeff Bezos, has not announced seat prices on the New Shepard spacecraft. But the online auction for a seat on its first human spaceflight mission has topped $3 million. The amount is expected to rise in the live auction scheduled for Saturday.
What training is required to go into space?
The author indicated that training for sub-orbital spaceflight is not the same as the training that NASA astronauts receive. Blue Origin says on its website that training for its flights lasts only one day. And the day before launch, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get the most out of your astronaut experience.
The training includes “mission and vehicle overviews, safety applications, mission simulations, and instructions about your in-flight activities such as operational procedures, communications and maneuvers in a zero-gravity environment”.
The company said its goal is to give its future astronauts “a safe and affordable journey into space in an unparalleled experience without the need for any special prior experience or training and preparation.”
The training is expected to last three days at the New Mexico site, where “passengers will undergo a customized medical examination and flight preparation, including training in the use of communications systems, flight protocols, emergency procedures and training in the strength of acceleration.”
Trainees will also learn how to get out of their seats and experience zero gravity, floating around the cabin. After enjoying several minutes of weightlessness, the astronauts will return to their respective seats to prepare for a return to Earth’s atmosphere.
Over the years, Virgin Galactic has built a community of astronauts willing to train in coordination with the company. Axiom Space, which is proposing a more exciting one-week mission to the International Space Station, is offering a 17-week training curriculum at facilities operated by NASA and the Japanese and European space agencies. “As an astronaut co-training, he develops a deep friendship with fellow astronauts.”
The passengers are trained along with their mission commander. Axiom reports that former NASA astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Peggy Whitson will lead the first two missions.
Is space tourism new?
The writer noted that many civilians have already gone on trips to space. In the 2000s, Russia made eight missions to the International Space Station with wealthy citizens like Denis Tito, Charles Simonyi and Anousheh Ansari on board.
In 2004, Mike Melville and Brian Penny flew to the edge of space aboard SpaceShipOne, the first commercial spacecraft to reach space and a predecessor to the space plane currently piloted by Virgin Galactic.
Also in the 1980s, two members of Congress, Senator Jake Garrn and Representative Bill Nelson, a former senator and now NASA administrator, took a trip to space that was paid for by NASA