SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, which was developed to transport NASA astronauts, will carry these space tourists into deep orbit, thrice the height of the ISS.
Outfitted with mass spectrometers capable of "sniffing" out the presence of gases such as ammonia, these robotic tools are used to detect leaks from the station.
Virgin Galactic plans to take paying tourists to suborbital space in the first half of 2020, aboard the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft for $250,000 per ticket.
The deal was earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said the SPAC, Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp, will invest about $800 million for a 49% stake in Virgin Galactic.
Despite multiple delays and obstacles, Virgin Galactic has managed to retain strong customer loyalty through ancillary space enthusiast programmes.
Known for pushing aggressive deadlines, Musk quickly brought in new managers from SpaceX headquarters in California to replace a number of the managers he fired recently.
Champagne maker Mumm is set to "launch" a bottle of bobbly developed specifically to be consumed in zero gravity conditions.
A 2019 launch would put Blue Origin's first space tourism trip slightly behind its competitor SpaceX, headed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Space tourism projects leaped off the drawing board when a $10 million prize was offered as an incentive for private development of manned rockets.
A childhood dream came true when a man won a free trip to outer space but it got cancelled because of Uncle Sam.
The rules mandate training and medical fitness evaluations for crew members and preflight testing among others.
Russian Federal Space Agency is offering a space walk while orbiting 400 km above the Earth to space tourists.
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