Space Flights Can Be for the Rich or Lucky
Spaceflight is now available for very rich people. Jared Isaacman, a 37-year-old billionaire, is hiring a spacecraft from Elon Musk's company, SpaceX, for a four-day trip to space. It will be the first spaceflight where everyone aboard is a regular citizen.
There are four seats, and Isaacman is looking for three travelers who are not super-rich. He is giving two seats to St. Jude Children's Hospital. There is a raffle for the other seat. The goal of the raffle is to raise $200 million for the hospital. The winner needs to be under six and a half feet tall, less than 250 pounds, and pass some physical and mental tests.
The SpaceX trip will not be the only one to take private passengers to orbit. A Houston space company will take three men to the International Space Station. It will cost the men $35,000 per night to stay there.
Those who don't have the money for a space trip may soon have another way to experience a few minutes of weightlessness. Blue Origin is a company that plans to test its New Shepard space vehicle with passengers in 2021.