Once upon a time, if you dreamed of someday going to space, you imagined becoming a NASA astronaut, one of an extremely select few. BUT GOING TO SPACE WILL SOON BE POSSIBLE FOR MANY MORE. Space Tourism is space travel for recreational, leisure, or business purposes, and the people who make this their adventure will embark from Florida. The developments that will render it possible are happening here now, and the plans to enable this new age of adventure are coming to life in our backyard.

Click below or scroll to discover the future of space travel with some of the world’s most cutting-edge spaceflight companies that all choose to call Florida’s Space Coast home.




Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbit, and is the only operational spacecraft in the world that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon made history in 2012 when Dragon successfully docked with the ISS, making SpaceX the first commercial company in history to visit the orbiting laboratory.

The Dragon spacecraft will be the world’s safest and most reliable crew transport vehicle, with seating for seven. Dragon is reusable and in the future, Dragon will use the same thrusters that power the launch escape system to execute precision landings on land.

SpaceX is also developing a FULLY AND RAPIDLY REUSABLE ROCKET – something that’s never been done before. Reusability is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access and enable the COLONIZATION OF OTHER PLANETS, and will revolutionize space travel as we know it.



Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser® is a lifting-body spacecraft that provides safe, affordable, flexible and reliable solutions for various crewed and uncrewed missions. The Dream Chaser spacecraft is capable of carrying up to 7 crew and critical cargo and is paving the way to human space flight operations for NASA as well as other international and commercial space applications for low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations.

Currently, SNC is partnering with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to develop and configure Dream Chaser for LEO destination missions, such as servicing the ISS. Dream Chaser operations are based in Florida, launching and landing on the Space Coast. Dream Chaser will launch on top of the Atlas V from CAPE CANAVERAL STARTING IN 2016.



Boeing is designing the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective human transportation to the ISS for NASA and other government and commercial customers.

Carrying up to seven crew members, or a mix of crew and cargo, the CST-100 is compatible with a variety of launch vehicles and can be re-used up to 10 times. The CST-100 interior features Boeing LED Sky Lighting technology, similar to what you would find in the 787 Dreamliner, tablet technology for crew interfaces, and wireless internet for on board communications. The CST-100 will first launch aboard the Atlas V rocket, and will be MANUFACTURED AND REFURBISHED RIGHT HERE ON FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST.



The XCOR® Lynx®is a two-seat piloted commercial spacecraft that will take people and payloads on a HALF-HOUR SUBORBITAL FLIGHT TO SPACE before returning safely to earth. A spaceflight participant will sit next to the pilot, experiencing the exhilarating rocket ride at Mach 2.9, out-of-this- world views and the feel of weightlessness.

Developed by XCOR Aerospace, Lynx features aircraft-like capabilities that allow up to four flights per day. About 30 feet in length, the Lynx’s double-delta wing spans 24 feet. Lynx is a horizontal takeoff and horizontal landing vehicle, but instead of using a jet engine like conventional aircraft, Lynx uses its own fully reusable rocket engine. XCOR will operate Lynx from the Shuttle Landing Facility on Florida’s Space Coast, helping to make Florida the MOST ACTIVE SPACE TOURISM DESTINATION IN THE WORLD.



The SOAR suborbital shuttle developed by Swiss Space Systems (S3) will be carried and launched in-flight from the back of an aircraft. Designed to loft small satellites into orbit, this system is reusable, has a high level of flexibility and safety, and operates at an affordable cost. A version of the SOAR shuttle designed for manned flights will also be developed, and suborbital, high-speed point-to-point passenger flights are expected to be operated from Florida in the course of the next decade.

S3’s vision is TO DEMOCRATIZE ACCESS TO SPACE, and their pursuit of “Space for All” is becoming a reality today, as S3 is providing everyone the chance to live-out the ultimate experience of Zero G flight, similar to an astronaut's experience in space. S3’s modified carrier aircraft offers the ultimate experience in weightlessness, and will be offered at affordable prices from the Shuttle Landing Facility starting in 2015.