The commercial space race is heating up.
Jeff Bezos announced that he's selling $1 billion in Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) stock annually to finance his Blue Origin rocket company. And he's far from the only CEO with a commercial space travel company who wants to take you on a trans-orbital vacation. Let's face it, your nerd dreams of making space your ultimate luxury vacation frontier will probably happen in your lifetime. It's just a matter of affording it.
Let's take a look at seven companies competing for a slice of space exploration. Larger engineering companies like Lockheed Martin (LMT - Get Report) and Boeing (BA - Get Report) are also throwing their hat into the ring, and it'll be interesting to see which company ultimately benefits the most from interplanetary traveling.
Spaceship names: Cygnus and Taurus 2 rocket
Backer: Orbital Sciences (ORB) , a publicly traded company
Fun fact: Was just awarded a $78.18 million contract to "provide integration and testing services for the space test program satellite-6 (STPSat-6) through August 2021."
Spaceship names: Sundancer and BA-330
Crazy wealthy backer: Robert Bigelow of Budget Suisse
Fun fact: For the last 16 years, the company has been advancing inflatable habitat technology.
Spaceship Name: Dream Chaser
Backing: Sierra Nevada Corp., of Sparks, Nev.
Fun fact: NASA selected the company for anticipated cargo missions to fly between 2019 and 2024.
Spaceship Name: SpaceShipTwo
Crazy wealthy backer: Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group
Fun fact: The company charges $250,000 a person for membership in the Future Astronauts program and a trip to space.