The Boeing Space Tourism is more than underway, with flights expected to start as early as this year. Partnering with space-tourism company Space Adventures, Boeing has already started testing the astronaut-safety system for its CST-100 spacecraft, which can hold up to seven passengers. Dubbed a 'space taxi system,' travelers will be able to visit the International Space Station on these trips.
In addition to the Boeing Space Tourism program, the aircraft manufacturing company is developing the CST-100 capsule to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Space.com writes, "The crew-carrying vehicle features a 'pusher abort system' designed to get the CST-100 out of harm's way in the event of a problem during launch." This component and more are currently being tested at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.