As the competition in tourism tightened, the transparent chance a flight from Beijing to New York in the future could be completed in as little as 1-2 hours through suborbital space.
To make the surreal hope real, a Chinese company space transmission is developing a “rocket with wings” for commercial space travel and point-to-point flight, which will ease the tourists around the nations.
The company has released a CGI film presentation on their official website showing passengers boarding a plane having two enormous rocket boosters connected to a giant triangular para glider-like annex.
After take-off, the plane detaches from the annex and soars through suborbital space. While the plane continues to its location and lands vertically, the wings and boosters return to the launch pad.
The company is expected to launch the first and new suborbital space tourism test flight in 2025, followed by a complete full-scale global hypersonic vehicle flight by 2030.
The company spokesperson told The Yicheng Times, “We are developing a winged rocket for a high-speed, point-to-point transportation, which is lower in cost than satellite-carrying rockets and faster than traditional aircraft.”
The spacecraft design is spellbound with its high speed and will travel at around 2,600 mph (4,184 km/h). This makes them twice the speed of the Concorde. The estimated time duration from Beijing to New York is 1-2 hours.
If everything functions efficiently as per the plan, the world will witness the nation’s determination and will undoubtedly contribute to space tourism.
The project will enhance China’s space sector capabilities more deeply. Besides, major heavyweights in the Chinese investment sector have also backed the program.
In its initial funding stage in 2021, the project has received over 300 million yuan (about $47 million), aided by Matrix Partners China, a Shanghai-based industrial investment group, and the state-owned Shanghai Guosheng Group.
Major competitors to suborbital space tourism
Through its rapid stupefy, space tourism offers to generate major profit for business people worldwide from the industry. The major entities and launches are:
SpaceX presented ‘Earth to Earth’ concept in 2017
Elon Musk founded a company that claimed to carry passengers anywhere on the planet in less than an hour.
Virgin Galactic, which employs space aircraft, sent its founder, Richard Branson, along with other notable passengers into suborbital space last year to demonstrate the future of space tourism.
“Demand for space travel is strong, and we’ve been selling seats ahead of the pace we had planned,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier made a statement regarding their vision.
CAS Space, a Chinese company in the aerospace business, is working on its suborbital tourism services, similar to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
Even Though the world is creating a new history, these possibilities are surreal to normal people. The astronomically expensive tickets are above every future of common citizens.
H.E. Justin Sun, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the World Trade Organization, and Founder of TRON, unveiled last year that he placed a winning bid for the first seat on Blue Origin’s inaugural New Shepard rocket.
Suborbital tourism concerns
- Sonic boom limits when flying over inhabited areas
- Safety certification
- Emissions problems
- Troubles about operating at substantially higher altitudes where radiation exposure is a risk.
According to Eloise Marais, a physical geography professor at the University College London, “The carbon footprint of launching yourself into space in one of these rockets is incredibly high, close to about 100 times higher than if you took a long-haul flight, it’s incredibly problematic if we want to be environmentally conscious and consider our carbon footprint.”