Dragon Low Earth Orbit Spaceflight
Creating unique and previously impossible opportunities for private citizens to experience space is why Space Adventures exists – and we are delighted to offer this multi-day mission to low-Earth orbit on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The first mission of its kind will attempt to break the altitude record for private citizen spaceflight. Participants will see planet Earth the way no one has since the Gemini program.
The mission uses the same SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Crew Dragon spacecraft that will transport NASA (and other professional astronauts) to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Since its maiden mission in 2010, no engineering achievement anywhere impresses more than the Dragon/F9 reusable system. To be among the first to experience a flight to low-Earth orbit in this vehicle is an opportunity that only comes around once.
Up to four private citizens can fly on this mission, which will be the first orbital space tourism experience provided entirely with American technology. The Crew Dragon has been designed to fly completely autonomously, and this means that the training time commitment for participants will be less than for other spaceflight experiences.
This mission is the next step in humanity’s expansion beyond Earth. What are you waiting for?
In service since 2010, the Dragon spacecraft has flown nearly 20 times transporting cargo and vital supplies to the International Space Station. In 2017, Dragon became the first flight-proven spacecraft to visit the ISS, with multiple Dragon spacecraft completing three missions.
SpaceX developed the Crew Dragon variant as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Now in the final stages of development, Crew Dragon is scheduled to enter service transporting professional astronauts to the ISS.
Falcon 9 Launch vehicle
First flown in 2010, Falcon 9 is a partially reusable two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle. The first stage is capable of re-entering the atmosphere and landing back on Earth vertically.
MISSION OVERVIEW VIDEO
The Dragon low-Earth orbit spaceflight will fly a similar mission profile to the Gemini XI mission. Gemini XI was a NASA mission flown in 1966. Astronauts Pete Conrad and Richard Gordon spent 3 days in low-Earth orbit completing 44 orbits of the Earth. The spacecraft flew an elliptical orbit, with an altitude of 300 km as its closest point to Earth, and 1,350 km at its highest.
The photos below show the extraordinary views the astronauts enjoyed during their mission.