Yesterday, Elon Musk revealed that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private citizen to fly with SpaceX around the moon on the company's next-generation rocket. The Japanese billionaire will launch aboard a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which SpaceX is currently developing. BFR is the crown jewel for Musk, who envisions setting up permanent, self-sustaining human habitats on Mars. Tests for the BFR are set to begin in 2019, while Maezawa’s trip is planned to launch in 2023.
Orion Span, Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace also all have tentative plans for private space stations that will be home to the first space tourists. Each company is at different stages of planning for their own orbital observatories. However, what they have in common is that they are all promising much more than the few minutes in space that both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are trying to offer.
And what better accomplishment to celebrate than finally achieving orbit?
However, drinking some of that good bubbly is not that easy if you’re in space.
Since there is no gravity in outer space, everything has to be rethought, including pouring liquid, the way that bubbles function, and the actual taste of the champagne itself. Thus, Champagne house Mumm has decided to be the first drink dispenser to try and craft the first bottle of bubbly that can be drunk while floating in weightlessness.
This is a fun discovery for Asgardia who not only aims to set up habitable platforms in low-Earth orbit but to make living in space as comfortable as living on Earth.
After three years of hard work and an undisclosed sum of money Mumm’s has produced what they call Cordon Stellar, a beverage they believe will be consumed in space within the next five years.
Space tourists and champagne won’t be the only exciting future developments. The Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway is a space station that will be orbiting around the Moon, and NASA is currently in the process of building it.
In the next five years, the space agency plans to launch the lunar outpost and extend the presence of humanity into deep space. The project is designed to allow for scientific and commercial activities on the moon.
An important development for Asgardia as they work toward their goal of setting up habitable platforms in low-Earth orbit.
The first part of the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway, the power and propulsion component, is set to launch in 2022.
Much like the International Space Station, the lunar outpost will regularly host astronauts onboard to perform studies about deep space, control rovers from orbit, or even land on the surface of the Moon. But, the 1,942 cubic feet (33 cubic meters) outpost can only accommodate up to four people, living and working around the Moon for a period of 30 to 60 days.
If you’ve always wanted to walk on the moon or live in space then join Asgardia today and connect with forward-looking people.