Space Adventures no longer plan crew Dragon flights

Space Adventures has scrapped plans to send space tourists on the high-altitude Crew Dragon trip, but it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of revisiting the expedition concept in the future. In February 2020, Space Adventures announced that it had secured a deal with SpaceX company for the Crew Dragon flight that will not take them to the ISS (International Space Station). Instead, the spacecraft will fly to an orbit two times as high as ISS, where it would dwell for 5 days before returning to Earth.

Space Adventures planned to launch the venture between late 2021 and the mid-2022, when it was first announced. After the announcement, the business released scant updates on the mission’s status, such as who had registered for the mission and when it would launch.

During a recent trip to Moscow, Tom Shelley, who works as the Space Adventures’ president, told Agence France-Presse that his firm was no longer going forward with the trip. “Our reservation with SpaceX eventually expired, and that’s not a mission we’ll be competing in the near future,” he said.

Stacey Tearne, a business representative, confirmed that the project had been scrapped. “The mission was advertised to a huge number of potential customers,” she added, “but the blend of price, timing, and experience wasn’t perfect at that time, and our deal with SpaceX expired.” “In the future, we hope to reassess the offering.”

In 2001, Space Adventures transported a succession of private space explorers to International Space Station, taking open seats on Soyuz missions. However, since Soyuz seats were being utilized primarily for crew rotations, the Space Adventures last transported a customer there in the year 2009.

However, in May, the firm revealed that it had purchased a special Soyuz mission to the station. The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft, carrying Japanese tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano, his production assistant, as well as professional astronaut Alexander Misurkin, is going to launch on December 8. The spacecraft will stay aboard the station for 12 days before returning home to that spaceship.

Hirano and Maezawa have been preparing for the mission in Russia, and both Space Adventures and Roscosmos have stated that the mission is on track. A second voyage to the ISS is also being planned by Space Adventures, which will include a spacewalk by one of the commercial astronauts. Clients for that mission that is set to launch in 2023 have yet to be announced by the firm.

As it turns out, the Inspiration4 flight in September replicated many characteristics of Space Adventures’ first Crew Dragon trip. That mission did not proceed to the ISS, but rather to a greater altitude, roughly 585 kilometers on this occasion. The Inspiration4 mission, like the Space Adventures plan, had four private astronauts rather than a trained astronaut on board.

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