Simars 

A possible adventure for the 2030s that combines a Single Stage Tourist Starship with a Simulated Mars Base Destination for the ultimate $50,000 1 week round trip experince

Arrive at Austin,TX Airport

Board the Hyperloop that wisks to you to nearby Tesla City or straight to Boca Chica, TX (25 minutes).

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One Hyperloop depiction, image credit: Google image search

Boca Chica, TX

Welcome to the SpaceX Space Port.  Check into the Simars Earth Hotel.

Take a couple days to get prepared

You will experience a 3g centrifuge, a free fall fan chamber, and try out flight suits between enjoying the resort and visiting the SpaceX Museum.  Watch 2 or 3 launches during your time, which surely will include a daily fuel launch, but might also include Lunar Mission as well.  These will be more thunderous than your mission as they are powered by the massive Super Heavy booster.

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Get a preview of 3gs in the centrifuge, image credit: NASA

Flight Day

You will don your flight suit and pack your standardized Starship luggage with up to 20 kg of luggage.  Proceed to the Hyperloop that will take you to the just off-shore launch facility.  You will arrive at the base of of the boarding tower and then be directed to your seat assignment.  While you are waiting check out the landing pad you will be returning to ... the Tourist Starship weather and maintenance hangers ... and the central crain that moves these big un-fueled ships around.  Nervous?  The red building houses our emergency equipment and crew that is ready for any scenario.  After hundreds of missions they have not been needed for a real event.  Also, your Tourist Starship has many safety systems, including abort rockets, giant chutes and water landing equipment.  Ships are ready along your route in case anything happens.  Your flight suits will automatically seal and provide air if there are any pressure issues.  Your suits also float in case there is water abort.

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The Simars Tourist Starship facility just off shore of Boca Chica

Launch, Weightlessness and Re-entry

Plug your suits into the custom business class plane seats ... then after the flight attendants (all trained for 2 years for every eventuality) check everyone over its time to go.  Experience a smooth 3g liftoff ... as the sky turn from blue to indigo to black.  The huge windows allow you to appreciate a once-in-a-lifetime view of being 300 km above the Earth surface.  Congratulations, you are now an official astronaut!  The Starship slowly rolls as we head out over the Atlantic ocean at sunset.  You will be told now that you can hit the green button to extend you seat tethers so you an float weightlessly.  You have 10 minutes to enjoy the experience before the tethers pull you back to the seat for re-entry.  Each seat has a personalized "weightlessness detector" that you selected before can pull out and toss around ... don't worry if you lose it ... it will be stowed for your return trip, and then as a souvenir of your voyage (and a great gift for any child).  You are told you will be pulled back and you are secure in seat in about a minute.  The window is now filled with stars of space.  You can feel the slowly building 3g of gravity on your back as the Starship smoothly re-enters the atmosphere.  Around the edges of the viewing dome you might see the glow of some plasma.

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Tourist Starship


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Potential Flight Path (Need to launch over water from USA)

Arrival at Simars

From the dark of the stars you now see a dimly lit vast desert approaching.  A cluster of lights gets closer and closer ... then the roar of engines again presses you back in the seat.  Dust flies around the viewing dome as the bump of landing tells you have arrived ... at Simars.

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The view as you prepare to land at Simars at night

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First morning at Simars, image credit: SpaceX

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Your room at Simars, image credit: Hassel submission to NASA contest

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Watch food grown and gathers by the staff ... it's what is on the menu!  image credit: NASA

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Simars Activity: Remote Rover Scavenger Hunt, image credit: ESA

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Simars Activity: Tesla Mars Rover Test Drive  image credit: Twitter google image search

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Simars Activity: Visit the first Crew Starship to land on Mars, now converted with a internal elevator.  While inside experience the crew quarters ... watch internal video logs of the first crew. image credit: humanmars.net

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Watch Starships come and go ... your fellow visitors and staff, image credit: SpaceX

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