Private Space Flight

Private Space Flight

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic's First Fully Crewed Spaceflight Unity22

Blue Origin

Blue Origin's New Shepard Mission NS-19

SpaceX

SpaceX Inspiration 4

Moon Landing

The first private spacecraft to successfully land on the Moon is the Odysseus spacecraft, built by Intuitive Machines in Houston, Texas. It landed near the lunar south pole on February 22, 2024, marking the first private Moon landing and the first U.S. lunar lander since 1972.

Takeaways

There were private (rich) people before who got to go into space... what's different this time is that the launches, the vehicles, the passengers everything is private companies.
  • Space is no longer for national space agencies only - you don't have to become a NASA astronaut
  • You don't even have to be a millionaire, because the price dropped to a "few" hundred thousands
You can launch your own cubesat ( a small, 10cm X 10cm X 10cm satellite) into space for ... ?