TOM CRUISE, YUSAKU MAEZAWA, AND YOU: HOW 5 PRIVATE MISSIONS WILL CHANGE SPACE TRAVELFebruary 21, 2021
SPACE IS GETTING CROWDED. In addition to NASA’s Artemis and China’s Tianwen-1, private spaceflight is — finally — almost here. Once the preserve of science fiction, soon people with no formal astronaut training will be able to buy a ticket on a space shuttle and go into space, much like we buy a seat on a plane today.
In the next six years, five missions are set to take place which will change the nature of travel forever.
Here’s everything you need to know about these upcoming missions, including when they are supposed to take place, where they will go, and, perhaps most importantly, who will be traveling on them into space.
5. TOM CRUISE IS GOING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
Oh yes, you read that right.
Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, who previously worked with Cruise on the film Edge of Tomorrow, are supposedly going to travel into space — to the International Space Station — alongside private spaceflight company Axiom Space’s vice-president (and former NASA astronaut) Michael López-Alegría.
Cruise has been linked to López-Alegría’s company Axiom before. Axiom wants to build commercial module add-ons to the space station.
Aside from the three confirmed passengers, there is one seat still empty.
WHAT SPACE COMPANY WILL TAKE TOM CRUISE TO SPACE?
It’s unclear how, exactly, Cruise will get to the space station, but we do have clues. A report in NME suggested Cruise will be a part of a crew going into space onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon shuttle. This seems to have been based on a September 2020 tweet by a Twitter account called “@SpaceShuttleAlmanac.”