Space tourism in Italy

Space tourism in Italy
Space tourism in Italy

In spite of the environmental problems that would push us to keep our feet firm on the earth, the space tourism gives wings to the travel sector, setting up a program of arrivals and departures that, from short experiences of a few minutes in zero gravity, would even embrace stays in orbit of a few days, bringing guests to touch the craters of the Moon and the deserts of Mars . But if the possibility of visiting extra-ordinary places reachable with spacecraft and Kubrick harnesses is now news of some time ago, the real news comes directly from the tricolor “planet”: according to rumors, even Italy would soon be ready to inaugurate a tourist route from the Martian borders, becoming a launch and relaunch destination in space. As reported The Corriere della Sera, in fact, “the Italian Space Agency began taking its first steps in this direction in 2018, thanks also to a close agreement with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic – which, on 11 July, became the first space tourist of the story fly over the Karman line – to organize tourist launches towards space starting from the Italian territory“.

In support of this increasingly concrete hypothesis, the consolidation of the national spaceport in Grottaglie, Puglia and the words of David Avino, CEO of Argotec reached by telephone by Adnkronos: “In Italy we have the entire supply chain to think of a ‘space vacation‘: we have systems for comfort, advanced space technologies, modules for staying in orbit “, says the expert – who, not surprisingly, also brought the first gourmet meals to the International Space Station, producing food suitable even for the absence of gravity. “However, we should not stop and think about a suborbital flight lasting a few minutes: we should think about a ‘space tourist vacation‘even a few days “.

And while the forecasts of the investment bank Morgan Stanley look to the future, with the hypothesis of a currency that by 2040 would reach the value of one trillion dollars, 2021 is confirmed in the present as a lucky year (at the moment only for the ultra-rich and researchers who have rather large funding). After July 11, the date on which Virgin Galactic’s Unity rocket plane, the company of British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, took five passengers about 85 kilometers above the Earth, nine days later, on July 20, the capsule New Shepard of the Blue Origin, of the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos, reached an altitude of 106 kilometers, with a crew of four including the youngest and oldest to ever reach such a height. On 16 September it was then the turn of the mission Inspiration4 of the SpaceX, the company of American billionaire Elon Musk who has shown the world how four non-professional astronauts can face three days in orbit. “The i suborbital space travel but they are flights that last a few minutes between going and returning to Earth “, Avino continues.” They are very beautiful, they show our Earth from above, they are exciting but it ends here. Instead, what we are planning to do is to build, in the immediate future, colonies outside our planet – starting with the Moon – and I see this as one of the options for the next 10 years. “If it is true, then, that ticket prices will drop and that the world’s first space hotel will open its doors in 2027, all that remains is pack your bags But what are we going to put inside?

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