“In some ways it will be more like a work supervisor than a cruise manager,” said López-Alegría.
In an interview, Mr. Connor admitted that many people question the value of rich people paying millions of dollars for trips like these. “I understand that people have questions,” he said. “People criticize, ‘Hey, with all the problems going on, why are there people in this world who spend all this money going into space?’
But he replied that Kids & Community Partners, the charity arm of his company, is planning to spend $ 400 million over the next 10 years on child support programs and funding medical research. In the end, he said he would eventually donate half of his net worth to charities. And about 30% of his assets will belong to what the company calls “key associates”.
“Only 20% will remain in my family,” said Mr. Connor. “So I guess I just hope that if people will criticize or defame me for doing this, then at least they will have a background of what I believe.”
Last year, Space Adventures announced that it also had an agreement with SpaceX to launch the Crew Dragon to take tourists on an orbital cruise around Earth, but it did not provide further details on when the mission is to be that can be done. It also resumed sales of tours to the Russian Soyuz rocket-powered space station. The two customers are expected to launch on a single flight later this year.
Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese fashion businessman, has also signed up for a SpaceX tour, but that will be a trip around the moon in the next few years, on a giant rocket named Starship still being played. development.
Those who cannot afford an orbital ride will soon have cheaper options, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, for short up and down flights to the edge of space and back where they are. can experience weightless minutes.