This is a list of billionaire (USD) space travellers.[1][2]

List

Billionaire Spaceflight Launch Date Arrival Date Notes
Dennis Tito United States Dennis Tito
Dennis Tito, Talgat Musabayev, Yury Baturin, aboard the International Space Station
Space Adventures / MirCorp ISS EP-1 (Soyuz TM-32/TM-31) 28 April 2001 6 May 2001 First billionaire in space, orbital space; first space tourist to the International Space Station [3][1][4]
Mark Shuttleworth South Africa Mark Shuttleworth
Mark Shuttleworth aboard the International Space Station
Space Adventures ISS EP-3 (Soyuz TM-34/TM-33) 25 April 2002 2 May 2002 First insured space tourist; First South African, first person from Africa in space, orbital space; second space tourist to the International Space Station [3] [1] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Charles Simonyi Hungary Charles Simonyi Space Adventures Soyuz TMA-10/TMA-9 7 April 2007 21 April 2007 First spaceflight First two-time space tourist [9] [3][10]
Space Adventures Soyuz TMA-13/TMA-12 26 March 2009 8 April 2009 Second spaceflight [11]
Guy Laliberté Canada Guy Laliberté Space Adventures Soyuz TMA-16/TMA-14 30 September 2009 11 October 2009 First Canadian space tourist; Last space tourist before the U.S. STS Space Shuttle programme shut down, and increase in long-term ISS crew to 6, leading to a decade without space tourist flights to the ISS [3][1][12][13]
Richard Branson United Kingdom Richard Branson Branson receives his astronaut wings Virgin Galactic Unity 22 11 July 2021 11 July 2021 First billionaire to fly in his own spacecraft into space, above the 80km McDowell line to suborbital space; First fully occupied SpaceShipTwo flight [2][14][15]
Jeff Bezos United States Jeff Bezos Blue Origin NS-16 20 July 2021 20 July 2021 First billionaire to fly in his own spacecraft above the 100km Karman line into suborbital space; First wholly commercial civilian flightcrew-less flight into space, suborbital space; First crewed Blue Origin launch [2][14][15][16]
Jared Isaacman United States Jared Isaacman (4) SpaceX Shift4 Inspiration4 15 September 2021 18 September 2021 First wholly commercial civilian flightcrew-less flight into orbital space; Fourth crewed SpaceX launch [2]
(4) SpaceX Polaris program Polaris Dawn 2022 2022 First flight from the Polaris program. [17]
Yusaku Maezawa Japan Yusaku Maezawa
Maezawa, Misurking and Hirano, aboard the International Space Station
Space Adventures Soyuz MS-20 8 December 2021 20 December 2021 First spaceflight Maezawa is set to become the first tourist around the Moon [2] [18]
#dearMoon SpaceX dearMoon TBA TBA Circumlunar flight aboard SpaceX's Starship [19]
Larry Connor United States Larry Connor
Crew from Ax-1 on board of the ISS.
Axiom/SpaceX Ax-1 21 February 2022 21 February 2022 First flight for AxiomSpace, first private spaceflight to the International Space Station [14][20][21]
Eytan Meir Stibbe Israel Eytan Stibbe First Israeli space tourist. Second Israeli in space, orbital space. [14][20][22]
United States John Shoffner Axiom/SpaceX Ax-2 2022 H2 2022 H2 [23]
Key
Color Value
  Flown
  Currently in space
  Scheduled future flight

References

  1. ^ a b c d Delia Marinescu (8 June 2021). "A Very Brief History of Billionaires Going to Space". Slate.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Billionaire tycoons set for joyrides to space". The Straits Times. 12 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d John Uri (30 April 2020). "Space Station 20th: Space Flight Participants". NASA Johnson Space Center: NASA History. NASA.
  4. ^ Joel Achenbach (20 November 2013). "Billionaire plans manned flyby mission to Mars". The Toronto Star.
  5. ^ Will Knight (20 April 2002). ""Space tourist" insists on pioneering role". New Scientist.
  6. ^ Steve Ranger (19 January 2017). "How Mark Shuttleworth became the first African in space and launched a software revolution". Tech Republic.
  7. ^ "South African to Become First Insured Space Tourist". Bloomberg. 24 April 2002.
  8. ^ "SA billionaire Shuttleworth loses R250 million tax case". BusinessTech. RDM News. 18 June 2015.
  9. ^ Maria Danilova (21 April 2007). "Space billionaire returns to Earth". NBC News.
  10. ^ Jordan Novet (27 February 2020). "Microsoft 71-year-old billionaire Charles Simonyi still goes to work". CNBC.
  11. ^ Clara Moskowitz (24 March 2009). "U.S. Billionaire Set For 2nd Trip to Space". SPACE.com.
  12. ^ Steven Bertoni (9 June 2011). "Why Cirque Du Soleil Billionaire Guy Laliberte Traveled To Space". Forbes.
  13. ^ CBC News (4 June 2009). "Cirque du Soleil founder to become 1st Canadian space tourist". CBC.
  14. ^ a b c d Joey Roulette (26 January 2021). "Axiom names first private crew paying $55 million for a trip to the ISS". The Verge.
  15. ^ a b Chelsea Gohd (12 July 2021). "Virgin Galactic Launches Richard Branson to Space in First Fully Crewed Flight of VSS Unity". Scientific American.
  16. ^ Elliot Santiago (20 July 2021). "Jeff Bezos and the Blue Origin Crew Successfully Complete Their Flight to Space". hypebeast.
  17. ^ "Jared Isaacman, who led the first all-private astronaut mission to orbit, has commissioned 3 more flights from SpaceX". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  18. ^ Marcia Dunn (14 May 2021). "Japanese tycoon to warm up for his trip to the Moon by going to the International Space Station". STUFF.co.nz.
  19. ^ Sissi Cao (18 August 2021). "Billionaire Who Bought SpaceX's Moon Trip Selects Finalists to Join Him on the Voyage". Observer.
  20. ^ a b Christian Davenport (26 January 2021). "Meet the people paying $55 million each to fly to the space station". The Washington Post.
  21. ^ Katie Kapusta (27 February 2021). "Meet Larry Connor — The Man Piloting First-Ever Private Mission to the International Space Station". Spectrum News 1.
  22. ^ Hagai Amit; Shuki Sadeh (17 November 2020). "Made Millions in Africa, Taking Tom Cruise's Seat: Meet Eytan Stibbe, Billionaire Israeli Space Passenger". Haaretz.
  23. ^ Christian Davenport (26 May 2021). "Billionaire is latest to buy trip to space". The National Post.

See also