Space tourism is defined as space travel for leisure, recreation, and business purposes. Space tourism is likely to be an emerging trend owing to the increased expenditure on travel and tourism globally. Adventure tourism involves a higher degree of risk and it is high in demand for the enthusiasts towards space tourism. Reduction in the cost of expenditure of space tourism is likely to gain traction for the space tourism market over the forecast period. Space tourism is an emerging concept wherein an optimal spaceflight is developed that will facilitate passengers to travel to outer space, Mars and the Moon.
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Increasing number of passengers signing up for space tourism coupled with the increasing investment from passengers is expected to propel the demand for space tourism in the coming years. Factors such as extent of journey, level of safety, and condition of aircraft, is expected to impact the growth of the space tourism market. Higher degree of risk associated with space tourism is likely to restrain the expansion of the space tourism market during the forecast period.
Although space tourism involves a great deal of expenditure, there has been an increased interest among enthusiasts toward space tourism. The prospect and scope of space tourism is likely to drive the growth of next generation engineers. Prospect of hypersonic travel is likely to fuel the demand for space tourism over the forecast period. The reduced cost of infrastructure to launch nano-satellites in the solar system is likely to create more market opportunities for the space tourism market over the forecast period. Research and development to develop orbital space tourism is likely to fuel the growth of the space tourism market over the forecast period.
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Based on type, the space tourism market is bifurcated into orbital and suborbital. Suborbital segment held the dominant market share in 2016 and is expected to have a growing market share over the forecast period. Passengers can experience weightlessness, acceleration of rocket launch, and the view of Earth over space from suborbital tours. Cost effective and efficient solutions of sub-orbital tours are likely to impact the growth of this segment over the forecast period.