Beyond the Blue: The promise and perils of space tourism


Jonel Seon

North America Growth Manager

For as long as we can remember, space has captivated us, serving as a backdrop for the incredible worlds of “Star Wars” and the thrilling voyages of “Star Trek.” Now, with the advent of space tourism through space tourism companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, the possibility of visiting space ourselves is becoming tangible. Imagine not just watching astronauts on screen but being strapped in for your own journey to space. Consider this – your next holiday could take you beyond Earth’s atmosphere!

Elon Musk recently made a significant announcement: SpaceX is aiming to land on Mars within the next 3 to 4 years. This ambitious goal underscores what is achievable when determination meets innovation. The fact that making is investing time, money, and intellect into realizing this promising future in space, it’s truly inspiring.

But as we embrace the excitement of doing space trips – the prospect of trading airplane rides for rocket journeys – we at propelland are pondering the broader implications. In this article, we aim to delve into the concerns and complexities of space tours. What problems do we need to foresee and solve to make journeys to space accessible to everyone, not just the wealthiest? And how might these bold voyages alter life for us all?

Space Tourism: Unraveling its complexities

/ Sustainable Space Tourism:

Our planet is already burdened by the heavy impact of our current travel habits. Can it endure the additional strain of rocket launches? The emissions from these launches and the growing problem of space debris raise concerns about whether we’re trading one environmental issue for another. Yet, this isn’t a challenge to avoid; it’s an opportunity for innovation. As sustainability becomes a stronger focus each day, space tours must integrate sustainable practices at its core to ensure that our forays into space do not leave a lasting negative impact.

/ The costs of Space Tourism:

Picture a time when you can share stories with your grandchildren about floating in zero gravity, gazing down at Earth. Now, imagine that experience being attainable by everyone, not solely the wealthy. Currently, the high costs associated with space tourism make it unattainable for most. To give an example, as of 2023, the least expensive ticket for a suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic stands at $450,000 per person. On the other hand, an orbital flight experience with SpaceX comes with a staggering price tag of $55 million per person.

/ Regulating the Final Frontier:

Space is immense, but it’s not without the need for governance. The question of who lays claim to celestial bodies like the Moon or how to regulate the increasing traffic above our atmosphere presents complex challenges. As the number of space tourists grows, there is a pressing need for the development of international agreements. These agreements are crucial to ensure that space remains a peaceful and accessible domain for all.

“Space Travel will need some clear rules and agreements. Would be great if there were international deals or an organization in charge of setting up specific guidelines for this.”


North America Graphic Designer at propelland

Space Tourists

The sky is not the limit: Space Tourism opportunities

/ Boosting the Economy and Technology:

Space tourism isn’t just about the awe of exploration; it’s a potential economic powerhouse. As this industry evolves, we can see creation of new jobs, the expansion of industries, and the emergence of technologies that could transform our lifestyle on Earth. The innovations required for tourist safety in space could drive advancements in sustainable energy and medical research. Indeed, the possibilities are as limitless as the universe itself.

/ Igniting Curiosity and Education:

Recall the first time you saw Earth from space, even if it was only in a photograph. Now imagine that sense of wonder magnified beyond measure. Trips to space have the potential to reignite a global passion for science and exploration. It offers an opportunity to teach future generations that the stars are more than just beacons to wish upon – they are destinations we can actually visit, learn from, and cherish.

/ Collaborative Science in Space Tourism:

Finally, space tourism could serve as the ideal amalgamation of relaxation and education. Tourists could take on the role of citizen scientists, assisting in data collection or conducting experiments. Such collaboration could accelerate discoveries, broaden our comprehension, and unlock new avenues for research in the cosmos in ways we have yet to fully envision.

As space tourism inches closer to becoming a reality, the world is at a crossroads, poised on the precipice of an exciting yet challenging journey into the cosmos. The balance between harnessing the economic, scientific, and inspirational potential of space tourism and addressing its environmental, accessibility, and governance challenges is pivotal. It is a journey that will require thoughtful planning, international cooperation, and an unwavering commitment to exploring the final frontier responsibly and inclusively.