Space tourism to use solar power

Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Space travel parkThe Switzerland-based company SolarStratos is planning to build an aircraft which will be powered by solar energy to take tourists into the stratosphere, more commonly termed as solar tourism.


The 28 foot-long plane project aims to fully power the aircraft with solar energy, in order to offer its passengers a memorable stratosphere experience. The tourists can enjoy the stars at  15 miles height above the earth in a trip that will last for a total of five hours. Raphael Domjan, the team leader of the Swiss project said that this opens the door to the possibility of electric and solar commercial aviation which is close to space.


CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg added that the fascinating space tourism sector would be blossoming over the next couple of decades into a viable commercial market.


In the years to come, space tourism is placed to become more popular than it was ever thought to be. Programmes such as SpaceX are developing at a fast pace and with time it is expected to become cheaper than the present day budget. Interestingly, according to Elon Musk’s estimations, when people will start travelling to Mars, the ticket price for one passenger will not exceed $100,000! The inaugural flight of SolarStratos solar-powered aircraft is expected as soon as three years from now and the costs for each journey will be as high as $10 million.


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