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SpaceX wants to send three tourists to the ISS

The US space company SpaceX wants to send three tourists to the International Space Station ISS.

SpaceX wants to send tourists to the "ISS" in 2021.
SpaceX wants to send tourists to the "ISS" in 2021. 

It is planned that the tourists will travel to the ISS in the second half of 2021 together with a commander in the "Crew Dragon" space capsule, as the Texas start-up Axiom - SpaceX's partner company in the project - announced on Thursday.

Neither of the two companies gave any indication of how much the tourists would probably have to pay for the trip. 

The costs for the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket alone, which will transport the space capsule into space, amount to around 60 million dollars (53 million euros).

In addition, the construction of a new "Crew Dragon" capsule must be financed.

🔹 In this respect, the ticket for the flight should cost tens of millions of dollars.

In earlier years, a total of eight tourists had already travelled to the ISS in Russian Soyuz capsules. 

The first was US entrepreneur Dennis Tito in 2001, who paid 20 million dollars for a vacation in space.

The last one so far in 2009 was the Canadian Guy Laliberté, founder of the famous circus group Cirque du Soleil.

As recently as mid-February, SpaceX announced that, in partnership with the US space tourism provider Space Adventures, it intends to send four tourists as far into space as never before.

The tourists are to travel two to three times further away from Earth than the ISS. This journey is scheduled to start in 2022 at the latest.

SpaceX is a company owned by technology pioneer Elon Musk, who also owns the electric car manufacturer Tesla.