There are many people taking off from multiple countries in the orbit of the Earth and soon some will go abroad to the moon, and given the increase in commercial and government flights, the chances of having a stranded crew need to Saving in space is increasing.
But the US government and commercial spaceflight service providers have no plans to rescue a crew in time from a wrecked spacecraft in low Earth orbit, or anywhere else in space without organized rescue planning, and today's space travelers will travel at their own risk.
For example, this week's mission Inspiration4 is the world's first civilian flight into orbit and will carry four ordinary citizens into Earth orbit aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in a short three-day trip.
Then there's the dear moon Project, a lunar tourism mission and art project designed and funded by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa that will utilize a SpaceX Starship on a private spaceflight that flies a path around the Moon.
Some experts say that with private space tourism booming and other countries mastering their own human space travel adventures, it is time to reconsider their space-saving policies and put in place measures to address the issue, arguing that the current situation of no space rescue planning and no rescue capabilities In space, it needs treatment before the need for rescue is realized.
A report published last month titled The Space Rescue Capabilities Gap seeks to raise awareness of the need to reconsider space rescue policies and take measures to address this problem.
The author of the 21-page report, Grant Keats, is a senior project leader in the Space Corporation's Aerospace Engineering Division and previously served as NASA's "flow manager" for space shuttle Columbia, where he integrated, scheduled, and performed ground handling for the spacecraft, and was flow director for Columbia. From 1995 until 2001, before the craft's tragic disintegration on February 1, 2003, when it re-entered the atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.