Space tourism is getting interesting … (and weird)

For less than a century, man has been sending both organic or inorganic objects to space. We have not yet managed to travel beyond our galaxy, but our descendants will likely find a way to travel to distant galaxies in the future.

Although human exploration of space is still in its infancy, how we nurture the infancy of space exploration will determine its maturity for future generations. We should consider the opportunities that space exploration now presents to us and how we can use those opportunities to prepare for a better life for future generations.

Here are nine innovative, and sometimes strange ways some companies are now preparing for the future of space exploration.

Scent of space

For most people, the smell of burnt cookies brings back memories of baking and burning cookies for holidays or other special occasions. But for astronauts, the smell of burnt cookies or lingering gun powder (based on their childhood activities) may remind them of the smell of space.

For more than a decade, NASA has used the smell of astronauts training in space to allow them to experience any unusual events in space. But now a team of people in the fashion, tech, design and logistics fields are bottling the smell of space in an odor called “Eau de Space” and passing it on to the general public.

Space lift

In 1895, when Russian scientist Konstantin Tsolkovsky visited Paris, he was inspired by the vision of the newly built Eiffel Tower and envisioned the construction of a space lift. He based his concept on designing a compression structure built to walk along a free-standing tower from Earth to the height of a geostationary orbit.

Now, after more than a century, while the shuttle is the chosen mode of transport by humans to outer space, companies like Obayashi are reopening the space lift. Modern designs include carbon nanotube composite ribbon running in space from a giant platform in the middle of the ocean, and Obashi hopes to begin transporting people to space by 2050.

Space goods

The world’s youngest astronaut in training, Alyssa Carson collaborated with Berlin-based Horizon Studios to develop a concept for a smart, carbon fiber suitcase suitable for space tourism.

Carson is said to be on track to be the first to set foot on Mars and the concept luggage he developed is called HORIZN ONE, the world’s first luggage for space travel. What will you pack when you go to space?

Space agriculture

Any type of exploration requires a supply, and food is a supply that we must consider for long-term space exploration. This is why Colonel Nick Hague of the US Air Force at the International Space Station (ISS) is studying how to grow plants in space.

Right now, astronauts carry processed, pre-packaged astronaut food that contains essential nutrients. The difficulty in making space meals is the necessary research and development costs to meet several essential criteria. Growing plants in a zero-gravity environment also comes with challenges, but NASA and The Hague are determined to keep astronauts and other space explorers well.

High altitude space balloon

Starting in 2021, Space Perspective, a space-focused startup company, will begin sending scientific research payloads through a spacecraft known as “spaceship Neptune”. The intention of “Spaceship Neptune”, which will reach a height of 30 miles, is that it will take six passengers on six-hour flights at a time within the next three-and-a-half years.

While passengers going into sub-orbital space via “Spaceship Neptune” will not experience weightlessness, they will hover above 99% of our atmosphere for two hours. And during that time, they will enjoy a panoramic view of the earth and stars with wrap-around windows from a cabin.

Space Burial (yes, just like Spock)

Another part of life that we don’t always like to talk about or think about is death, but a company wants to help families honor the deceased in space while assisting mankind’s space exploration. Enter Space Coffins, which is literally working on space coffins.

While the space seems somewhat far from the idea of ​​burial, this company is hoping to make it a reality w / an interesting twist. Per space coffin, they provide a space-age alternative to traditional options by organizing the preparation, celebration, and shipping of a person’s body to travel through space on the trajectory of their choosing. The coffin is designed to calmly protect their bodies while collecting data and transmissions. Any data collected by the coffin can be donated or commercialized for further space exploration.

In a nutshell, you can check out Grandpa Joe’s journey into space, which is transmitting data and possibly connecting to other interstellar coffins.

His co-founder Chris Johnson says the company wants to transform the death care industry from a negative expense into something positive for that person and mankind. He also sees it as a way for everyone to participate in the space industry and help space start-ups and gain funding.

So after reading this, does a space coffin feel so far away?

Space Hotel

While NASA works on making long-term and long-distance space travel more convenient, the Gateway Foundation plans to make space exploration more comfortable. They will launch a sub-orbital, artificial gravity space station called the Von Braun Space Station which will become the first hotel in space.

With the use of this space hotel, which will feature 24 individual pods and up to 400 guests to stay, for luxury stay, they hope to use it for educational seminars as well. The Gateway Foundation hopes to attract 100 guests to the Von Braun Space Station every week, as well as plans to build a much larger space hotel that will include 1400 guests.

Space billboard

A Russian startup called StartRocket is working on creating and launching an orbital display or billboard that will beam advertisements from space. They will do so using an array of cubes, but have received pushback from scientists, researchers, and even advertising professionals. We are not sure that humanity really needs space advertisements.

Space potty

While imagining ways for profitable companies to explore space in profitable ways, NASA is offering anyone the opportunity to make space exploration more practical. A few months after the 2020 toilet paper crisis, NASA’s Lunar Loo Challenge gives anyone the opportunity to ensure astronauts and astro-tourists never experience this world crisis.

The Lunar Loo Challenge includes a $ 35,000 prize which will be divided among the top three designs (by people over 18 or older) for a toilet for Artemis astronauts. There is a junior division, but they will only receive public recognition and an official NASA item.

To explore space and beyond

As much as we do not yet know about our planet, the more we wonder how much our exploration of the final front of space will proceed. Future generations can detect parallel galaxies, which are on the other side of a black hole, and can run on more planetary surfaces.

For those watching Star Trek, you can remember the opening words of almost every episode, “Space: The Final Frontier.” . . . “Captain James T. Kirk said those words at the beginning of all but two episodes of the original Star Trek. In this first century of space exploration, we will see innovation beyond our greatest imagination as companies and individuals continue to push this final frontier .

And to quote Captain Jean Luc Picard, “Things are simply impossible unless they are.”