First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights
On May 30, 2020, millions of Americans watched the inaugural SpaceX Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This mission marked two significant events: First, the return of launch to orbit capability for human spaceflight from the United States. Secondly, it successfully demonstrated private sector capability to build and operate a launch vehicle for human spaceflight.
The SpaceX manned launch has gotten many people thinking about what it would be like to leave Earth behind for a little while. Here aerospace lawyer Sara M. Langston explains what it will take to get regular citizens up there.