Is Civilian Space Travel Still an Exciting Prospect?

By  //  January 27, 2022

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Ever since the very first launches, millions have dreamed of their own trips away from our little blue pebble and into the empty space that lays beyond – for most, the only way to relive this dream is through virtual experiences and gaming options like these at featuring space themes and the excitement that comes with it.

For some time, it seemed the golden age of space travel was over, but advances in technology have allowed all sorts of change, whether it be from new imaging with the exciting launch of the JWST, or the potential for repeat travel as SpaceX has continued to perfect its reusable booster technology. 

For many, this has led to growing excitement that civilian space travel may be on the horizon sooner than anticipated – in 2021 SpaceX made history with the first expedition into orbit without any professional astronauts or pilots on board showing just how far the technology has come, whilst not the first flight to take private passengers to space as others have paid for the privilege, it was the first of its kind. 

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It’s safe to say that the average joe working a 9-5 won’t be likely to head off into space any time soon as civilian travel will likely remain with the rich and famous for now, at least there is change being made the make it more of a possibility in the future, but there’s still a long way to go. Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center may be a huge part of the transformation in the future too, the home of many of the original launches will provide a scenic backdrop for the first group of civilians that are lucky enough to be able to make the trip. 

Competitors will also provide a huge part of the transformation for civilian flight, whilst SpaceX is currently leading the way, Blue Origin have been looking for their own way into the market and may encourage SpaceX to chase further development in the future too – whilst it’s not likely to see any state sponsored space agency like NASA offering this kind of service, they’ll certainly benefit from the change that the technology brings and the increased investments and interest that would also arrive with civilian space travel too. 

For the explorers, there’s never been a more exciting time to be interested in space travel as all signs are pointing to a more accessible and reusable future, and an opportunity to see more than our little home in space.