30 years ago, going to Antarctica was almost impossible, but travelling there now is a regular occurrence.
Space tourism, in the simplest definition, is recreational or professional space travel, supported by space tourism companies, and the role of space tourists goes beyond surveillance to the implementation of scientific experiments, according to the context of their journey. It is also the natural evolution of travel and excursions, and, although many scientists have described the “space tourism” project as the inevitable leap of humanity in the world of tourism and excursions, some experts view it with caution.
Perhaps we should pay attention to an important issue: the risks that have delayed this area so far, the most important of which was noted, in a 2010 study, that growth in the commercial spacecraft industry would accelerate global warming.
The study, funded by NASA and the space industry, aimed to monitor the impact of the launch of 1,000 subtropical rockets from a single location. The results were shocking, as this activity will contribute to the release of 600 tons of black carbon into the upper layer of the atmosphere. A layer of resulting soot particles will remain relatively concentrated in our atmosphere, with only 20% of carbon skewed to the southern hemisphere, thus producing a strong imbalance between the two polar regions. The ozone layer may also be affected with a loss of up to 1.7% of ozone cover in tropical regions. The study therefore confirmed that the wider spread of commercial space tourism would lead to catastrophic consequences due to the sensitivity of the atmosphere to the widespread disruption caused by the release of these vehicles.
Recently, this problem was completely avoided and absorbed after Ios XSpace entered the competition line to make Dubai a global launch base for space flights, along with major companies Virgin Caltech, Blue Origin and SpaceX. The Ios XSpace plan is characterized by the use of a compressed capsule that has been developed to replace the utilization of rockets, with a capacity of five passengers and a crew member, driven by a Helium balloon that rises up to 40 kilometers, completely solving the problem of carbon emissions and global warming, that could have been caused by the rocket carriers of space tourism vehicles.il end in 12.
In addition to being environmentally damaging, the space tourism experience requires a difficult necessity for those who wished to experience space tourism, and as we know, the tourist’s destination is determined by his budget. The condition of the experiment was previously to have a huge budget (about $35 million) only to allow the tourist to get out of the ordinary and visit space.
This condition has completely faded, just as the repercussions of the launch of environmentally damaging space tourism rockets have faded, after much competition among many companies, and the costs of space flights have continued to decline to finally reach $150,000, and despite the high cost of the flight, they remain much lower than what American businessman Dennis Tito spent on his own journey, as the first space tourist, at a cost of $20 million in 2001.
Space tourism companies have already begun to build the basic facilities for the upcoming space tourism services as commercial space ports are emerging in many countries, most notably Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.
The most important thing I can conclude within my article is to emphasize that the success of the space tourism project depends on being safe and environmentally engineered, and then space tourism companies can look for the economic feasibility of the business. And for the rest of the conversation.
Author : Manahel Thabet
Published May 28, 2021
Al Bayan Newspaper