Only weeks remain before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos flies into space with his brother, Mark, and an unidentified passenger who paid $ 28 million for a seat on the spacecraft. New Shepherd by Blue Origin.
But in an interview with Fox Business, NASA said it has a message for billionaires competing in a space race: it won’t be the Wild West for those looking to travel there.
“I’m keeping an eye on them, but they’re going to have to undergo the same rigorous physical and psychological exam as any other professional astronaut,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson. told Fox Business.
“We want the crew who are already up there on the space station to be safe when they have visitors and you should expect nothing less,” Nelson added.
Competition rages on among the ultra-rich business tycoons. The announcement of Bezos’ flight, which is slated for July 20, was followed by a report that Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson may be attempting to beat Amazon’s founder in space.
Douglas Messier reported on Virgin’s news on his Parabolic Arc space blog. The report featured an anonymous source who told Messier that Virgin Galactic was planning to fly Branson on a test flight over the weekend of July 4.
Branson’s space company did not deny this claim at Insider’s request.
But traveling beyond Earth is not just the desire of the world’s biggest billionaires. The ambition is also shared by many civilians, as space travel begins to become more accessible to the general public through the use of competitions.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is among the companies that have created contests to send civilians into space. Meanwhile, the winner of Discovery Channel’s “Who Wants to Be an Astronaut” is expected to visit the ISS in 2022.