The Karmen Line is widely considered as the border between the earth’s atmosphere and outer space and sits at roughly 100km above sea level. Beyond this, entering into a low earth orbit means reaching an altitude of between 160km to 1000km.
With launch providers Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin all offering opportunities to enter a sub orbital and low earth orbit or to fly beyond the Karmen Line, change how you view the world and allow Stellar Frontiers to plan, customise and execute this life-altering experience, pairing you with the right launch provider and the right spacecraft.Become an Astronaut
Enter low earth orbit aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. This fully autonomous, 4-passenger craft orbits the earth every 90 minutes and features Draco thrusters allowing for orbital manoeuvring, thus permitting a customised flight route. Fly over the Amazon River, the Great Barrier Reef, or the Pyramids of Giza, the choice is yours.
This is the first space tourism experience provided using completely America technology as the Dragon will be launched by the companies Falcon 9 rocket, the same launch vehicle SpaceX uses to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
Stellar Frontiers can negotiate a customised flight experience with SpaceX or can match you with one of their scheduled commercial spaceflight missions.
Virgin Galactic offers private citizens as well as the research community the opportunity to train as an astronaut and to reach the edge of space in the Virgin Galactic-commissioned VSS Unity spaceship.
This passenger carrying spacecraft will run a regular spaceflight schedule from Spaceport America in New Mexico, the first commercial spaceport of its kind.
Private astronauts that fly with Virgin Galactic will also have to opportunity to contribute to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives operated through their outreach program, Galactic Unite.
“It’s only when you’re flying above it that you realise how incredible the Earth really is.” – Philippe Perrin, CNES and European Space Agency Astronaut
Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket system offers an astronaut crew of six the opportunity to fly beyond the Karmen Line. From take-off to landing, this 11-minute experience will see you ascend into space from Blue Origin’s launch site located in the Guadeloupe Mountains of West Texas. The New Shepard passenger capsule will separate from its booster at T+3 minutes as you enter a state of weightlessness. Pass an altitude of 100km above sea level before descending softly, guided by parachutes, to touch down in the Texan desert.
Named after Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut to go to space, the fully autonomous, 6-seater New Shepard capsule has been designed with passenger comfort in mind and boasts the largest windows of any vehicle to have flown in space. It has completed 15 missions since 2012 with successful testing of its redundant safety systems.
Through the Blue Origin Foundation, Club for the Future, there is scope for private astronauts to contribute to inspiring and supporting a future generation of space scientists, engineers and mathematicians.