THE first baby could be delivered in orbit within the next 12 years, a researcher has predicted.
Wealthy parents will vie to write their child’s name in the history books as space tourism takes off, forecast Dr Egbert Edelbrook.
He said pregnant women ready to give birth could be sent on a voyage lasting 24 to 36 hours, giving time for labour to be induced and completed.
Mums-to-be would need to have a high resistance to radiation and a record of two previous deliveries free of complications. And the flight would have to be in low-Earth orbit — no more than 1,200 miles high.
A pool of ‘maybe 30 participants’ would be required in case the launch time had to be changed.
But Dr Edelbrook, whose company SpaceBorn United focuses on embryo development and conception in space, said the project would be no riskier than ‘an average Western-style delivery’.
He was speaking at the first Asgardia Space Science and Investment Congress in Germany.