Space travel might soon become a reality for everyday people, at least that’s what Spielberg hinted with the Back to the Future series. However, the prices for these galactic explorations are still pretty hefty, to say the leas; these space trips often cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’m not saying this adventure isn’t worth it, but that few of us can afford it.
If yu can, it’s good to know that there are several companies out there dedicated to making space tourism an absolute reality. Some of them are even led by some of the most recognized visionaries and entrepreneurs alive, including Richard Branson and Elon Musk. So, let’s go down the list of the 10 amazing ways you could experience 0 gravity.
10. Virgin Galactic
British billionaire Richard Branson likes to dream up different ways to push the boundaries and frontiers of humanity and his company, Virgin Galactic. Conceived in 2004, the company’s main goal is to provide suborbital flights into space in the near future. The price tag for these flights, once everything is ready, is set to be about $200,000. Apparently celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Angelina Jolie and Tom Hanks have been rumored to have already reserved seats for these interstellar voyages.
9. XCOR Aerospace
XCOR Aerospace is an American rocket company founded in 1999, by rocket scientist Jeff Greason. Its main aim is to make space tourism available for people who can pay for it in the next few years. To date, the crowning achievement of XCOR Aerospace has been its Lynx aircraft. The Lynx is able to take a pilot and passenger on spaceflights for distances of over 100 kilometers. The cost of these fantasy voyages was reported to be $95,000, as of 2012.
8. Exos Aerospace
Exos Aerospace was formed in 2014 and its main mission is to develop state of the art reusable vehicles for repeatable and reliable commercial space flight. Even though the company is young, most of its employees came from another major name in space travel, Armadillo Aerospace. They are keen on coming up with new inventions and breakthroughs forward.
SpaceX was founded by the brilliant genius Elon Musk. SpaceX is meant to drastically reduce the cost of space transportation and enable the colonization of Mars! It was just reported this new year that SpaceX raised $1 billion from Google. If the genius minds of Google and SpaceX are working together, you know that something amazing is about to happen.
6. Excalibur Almaz
Excalibur Almaz is a space company, founded in 2006. It is based in the Isle of Man, and its US Headquarters is based in Houston, Texas. The main goal of the company is to provide commercial space transportation using preexisting and already proven hardware. One thing that really differentiates this company from others is that it makes it a point to integrate the technology of past American, Russian/European space travels to achieve its goal of repeatable galactic exploration.
5. Space Adventures
Space Adventures was founded in 1998, and it has already established itself as the premier name in space tourism. For years, it has been using proven equipment and working in tandem with professional astronauts to send self-funded individuals into space.
4. Orbital Technologies
NASA often relies on several different companies and institutions to keep itself at the cutting edge of science and technology. One of those companies is Orbital Technologies based in Sierra, Nevada. The company has been around since 1988, and it’s a national leader in pushing forward aerospace research and development.
3. World View Enterprises
World View Enterprises gives its clientele produces amazing high altitude balloons that take explorers to the edge of space itself. From this amazing altitude, people are able to see the earth in a whole new way: no state lines, no country borders, no physical divisions and just one beautiful breathtaking sight of the earth in all its natural glory.
2. Orbital Sciences
Orbital Sciences is yet another company that’s making waves in the realm of space exploration. It specializes in the design and manufacture of small and medium class rocket systems for commercial, civil and military use. That “military” word is an important one, because as humanity continues to advance, some rogue nations might try to wage war for space.
1. Blue Origin LLC
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon and the man who intends to one day use drones to deliver packages to his customers. He also has a space exploration venture called Blue Origin LLC, which is developing technologies to enable private human access to space at dramatically lower costs and increased reliability. This is one company that’s likely to make a huge impact in this industry in the coming years.