Space Tourism Conference
Space tourism is soaring. Sky high. Or rather, space high. High enough that it deserves its own conference!
With decades of development behind it, and passing from its first phase—seven people have each paid millions of dollars to rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) as private space travelers with one flying twice—the space tourism industry has entered its next generation with private enterprise flights and a variety of other consumer offerings.
This next evolution of the market will yield major, long-lasting advances—including lunar flybys.
The industry is rocketing toward stratospheric value, with news breaking almost weekly from the major players driving the charge:
- Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) and Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic) plan to offer passenger flights soon.
- Axiom Space is developing the world’s first private space station.
- SpaceX and Boeing are testing manned capsules for orbital flight.
- Space Adventures and now SpaceX are inaugurating passenger lunar flybys in a few years and SpaceX and Boeing will soon start manned missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
- Numerous international space tourism ventures are in the works and World View will fly passengers near the edge of space in their luxury gondola and huge balloon.
- BILLIONS of dollars’ worth of space and Mars/future-themed theme parks, attractions, resorts and shows are on the books.
And now even NASA is getting into Space Tourism—yes, space tourism.
The Space Tourism Conference (STC) is an annual event that will be produced with support from the Space Tourism Society (STS), the world’s leading space tourism advocacy organization for over 20 years.
The April 28 conference date was deliberately chosen as the anniversary of Dennis Tito’s lift-off into the history books in 2001 as the world’s first private space tourist. Tito’s flight jump-started the space tourism industry, generating massive consumer awareness as to the possibilities of private space travel and commercialization of space through earth-based experiences.