The future holds exciting possibilities for space travel and here are the reasons why:
The idea of traveling in space is a fascinating subject that has garnered the attention of generations for decades. The future of space tourism is a trending topic of today because wealthy corporations, individual venture capitalists, and private companies such as Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are funding for low earth orbit travel (LEO). We have the technology to send people into the upper stratosphere (sending the space shuttle into LEO) which is about 50â€“65 miles altitude above Earth and even building a space hotel such as the International Space Station however, the costs are very high to do so.
We do not have an infrastructure built for space currently that is why going to space is so expensive. In the future however, the cost of going to space is going to go down drastically. We will have built a space elevator, established a moon base, and maybe a Mars colony by the end of the century.
More private companies will open up and provide space tourism as it becomes more commercially available in the upcoming decades. Private funding will increase in demand. As technology advances, the time will decrease to travel in space as faster and fuel-efficient rockets and shuttles are made. New and improved versions of spaceships will have new spacecraft designs which will provide longer orbital stays aboard the ship and space habitats. We will have a chance to experience space in zero gravity with stunning views of the Earth as time progresses and space traveling becomes more accessible to the public in the coming decades.
Reusable rockets are going to be the future of space travel simply because of their ability to cut down the costs of owning and operating rockets for space access. It will also be more lightweight and environmentally friendly.
-Regulatory issues are delaying space tourism as licensing requirements and agreements with the government agencies because they have to approve: human spaceflight activities, safety concerns, environmental impacts, and testing.
-Escaping the Earthâ€™s velocity while maintaining fuel is no easy task for space tourism. We would need experienced pilots for the tasks.
-Space debris impacts for objects traveling at high speeds will become a major problem as it becomes more commercially available.
-Long term space travel has effects on our bones and exposure to radiation can cause harm to our bodies.
-We are waiting for technology to catch up as Innovating design of ships and rockets will save costs and fuels as it is a very difficult task.
In the next 20â€“30 years it is likely a possibility that humans will have built a lunar base on the moon. Orbital and suborbital space flights will be common.
Structures built in space, known as space habitats, will provide a unique experience for tourists as they provide extended period of stay in space in couple of decades. More nations will join as space tourism takes full effect and space habitats will become a commonplace by next century. A few companies will work and open up a luxurious space hotel that will orbit the Earth. Private space touring companies are already working on a space shuttle that can transport people from Earth to space hotel.
Space tourism/traveling used to be just in the realms of astronauts and NASA experts, is no longer true. This century will allow the civilians to be able to venture beyond the Earthâ€™s atmosphere than ever before.
By next century, lunar mining, and asteroid mining might become a reality. By sending artificial intelligent machines and probes to extract valuable minerals and materials.
In the next 1â€“3 centuries, we will have many space habitats built for sustainable living in space such as an Oâ€™Neill colony (An enclosed structure built in space for human colonies). This will allow humans to travel in and out of space regularly. Humans will live, work, and holiday in space. It is at this time that regular human space-ship flight will become mainstream.
For the far future however, when we are a space-faring planetary species, humans are going to thank our generation for paving the way for space and serving as a foundation for space travel.
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