• Space tourism and how the journey to the cosmos is about to change

Can you imagine taking a trip to space as easily as travelling to Barcelona or Paris? Space tourism is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling projects humanity has embarked on. But is space tourism just space travelling? What exactly is it?

Don’t worry, if you’re curious about this world, in this article we’ll explain everything about it. Will you join us?

What is Space Tourism?

As we’ve hinted: Space tourism isn’t just about travelling to space. This type of tourism encompasses all activities related to the experience of outer space, whether it involves travelling beyond Earth’s atmosphere or engaging in space-related activities on Earth.

Thus, space tourism focuses on personal experience and enjoyment, rather than scientific exploration or mentally demanding tourism. For example, space tourism can also include watching rocket launches or visiting museums about space, observing constellations…

Is it the same as space travel?

As we’ve mentioned, going into outer space can be considered “space tourism”, but you can also be a space tourist without doing space travel.

It’s important to consider the limitations of current technology and science. Although experiencing weightlessness and observing the cosmos is highly attractive to the public, there are not many companies currently offering “out there” experiences.

Therefore, while many people believe and argue that space tourism involves travelling to space, here we think that it also includes leisure activities related to the cosmos and the infinite universe we have.

And speaking of advances in science… Do you know how space travel has evolved?

Evolution of tourism in space

How many people have visited space? About 600 since 1961, when the first human flight was recorded. But curiosity about the outside is much older. We even have to go back to the time when the pyramids of Egypt were built, perfectly aligned with the sky. Curious, isn’t it?

As we say, since the 1950s, the Soviet Union and the United States led a space race that would mark a milestone in history, as it facilitated unprecedented advances in outer space exploration.

It wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that commercial space tourism started to become a reality. A handful of wealthy individuals from around the world embarked on their leisure outings to cosmos between 2001-2009.

Seeing this demand, several space tourism operators began to emerge, such as Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and Rocket Lab. These companies have since become well-known names and are now working to someday offer suborbital trips in electric aircraft.

In recent years, commercial enthusiasm for space tourism has waned. The public continues to eagerly await the days when they can swap their all-inclusive vacations in Benidorm for a week of zero gravity in space, but for most, it remains an unrealistic and unattainable prospect.

Types of space tourism

Space tourism encompasses a wide range of experiences, from the most accessible to the truly orbital.

Space museums

Do you know of any space museums? There are places like the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., or the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, which offer visitors an in-depth look at the history and technology of cosmos through exhibitions and real artifacts.

Rocket Launches

Yes, watching rocket launches also counts as space tourism. There is the possibility of seeing a rocket taking off towards space, although accessible to a few. It’s an impressive and accessible experience, as far as it goes, for those who want to feel the excitement of space without leaving Earth.

Space vacations

Although still in development, projects like Orion Span’s space hotel propose orbital stays where tourists can live and sleep in space for extended periods.

Star gazing

Although it may seem very simple, observing stars and phenomena like the northern lights is also space tourism, as it brings something as vast and complex as the universe to our eyes, and very good conclusions and reflections can be drawn simply by looking at the sky.

Which companies perform these trips?

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic stands out as one of the most notable players in the field of space tourism, being part of the renowned Virgin group by Richard Branson. This company has captured the public’s attention not only with its promise of space adventures but also with a waiting list that includes celebrities like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite its success, the company has faced challenges, such as operational delays and the incident with its VSS Enterprise spacecraft in 2014. Not only does it have one of the best airlines in the world, but it is also positioned as one of the leading companies on the road to space.


Unlike Virgin Galactic, SpaceX has established itself in the field of rocket launches before venturing into space tourism. Founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX planned to start its tourist expeditions in 2018, although these plans have experienced some delays.

Blue Origin

Founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin is preparing to offer space tourism experiences comparable to those of Virgin Galactic, using vertical-launch rockets. The company is finalizing its preparations to start operations, although a start date has not yet been confirmed. The youngest person to ever travel with Blue Origin was Oliver Daemen, ex-student of One Air. Did you know that? In this post, you can find the history of the youngest traveller into space.


You surely know Boeing aircraft, but did you know that they have also ventured into space tourism? Through its collaboration in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program, Boeing has developed the CST-100 Starliner capsule, designed to transport both astronauts and space tourists on future orbital missions.

Orion Span

Orion Span aims to take tourists beyond the Earth’s atmosphere to host them at its private space station, Aurora Space Station. With capacity for six guests, this proposal seeks to make space accessible to a wider audience, according to its CEO, Frank Bunger.

And you, would you like to engage in space tourism?

Has space tourism piqued your interest? Do you see yourself in 20 years spending your holidays on a spacecraft?

Who knows! Maybe it’s closer than we think, and perhaps much easier than we imagine. What is clear is that science and engineering are advancing at a dizzying pace, and before we know it, we’ll be seeing the Earth from above with our own eyes.

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