This podcast is by Sidhartha Mohanty, Founder of Twik.World on Space Tourism
Imagine a complete industry that emits 100 times more CO2 per passenger than airlines.
Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are in a commercial race to transport visitors to space. Branson flew his Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spaceplane 80 kilometers into space recently. Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket will launch soon, marking the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Even if Bezos loses to Branson, he will rise higher (about 120 km). The launch will show his offer to wealthy tourists: the chance to genuinely reach space. Both tour packages include a ten-minute zero-gravity romp and views of Earth from orbit. But SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will allow four to five days of orbital flight later in 2021.