Space Adventures says it was forced to cancel a reservation with SpaceX to send four paying passengers on a multi-day tourist trip to Earth orbit. Agence France-Presse reports:
“Ultimately our reservation with SpaceX expired and that’s not a mission that we are going to be executing in the immediate future,” Shelley said, but did not rule out future partnerships with the company.
Space Adventures was not about to work out the right mix of timing and price before the reservation expired. The trip would have been similar to the recently completed Inspiration4 flight, which saw four amateur astronauts orbit the Earth for three days aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Space Adventures and the Russian space corporation Roscosmos is sending up Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant, Yozo Hirano, to the International Space Station for 12 days aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in December. Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will command the flight.