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An expensive trip… May 15, 2021

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This from the Guardian recently outlines the likely costs for those thinking of using private space transportation systems to get into orbit, or almost orbit.

Virgin Galactic … aims to fly private customers in early 2022, after a first flight with Branson onboard later this year. Its zero-gravity experience is anchored by its SpaceShipTwo plane, and the company has plans to offer point-to-point travel between far-flung cities at near-space altitudes.

Virgin says it will charge more than $250,000 for new reservations but has not announced final pricing. Sales will reopen after Branson’s flight.

And:

Reuters reported in 2018 that Blue Origin was planning to charge passengers at least $200,000 for the (sub-orbital) ride, based on an appraisal of rival plans from Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and other considerations, although the company’s stragegy may have changed.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX seems less interested in space ‘tourism’ – and small wonder, they’re landing 1950s style rockets vertically and seem to be winning NASA contracts left right and centre. I stayed up to watch the most recent SpaceX landing, and mighty impressive it was. Though the fire beneath the Starship rocket which raged for quite some time until it was extinguished might tend to dampen my enthusiasm for all these ventures. It is still quite some distance until space travel, even space so-called ‘tourism’, is anywhere near safe enough for most people.

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1. wesferry - May 15, 2021

Covid restrictions will be respected, I presume. 😉

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WorldbyStorm - May 15, 2021

For now!

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2. alanmyler - May 15, 2021

Sickening stuff really. The plaything of the hyper wealthy. I honestly can’t see it taking off, so to speak, given the risks involved. I would think the potential customer base would be more interested in investing their wealth in making themselves eternal rather than taking the chance of dying needlessly on a rocket. I don’t think too many tears would be shed if there were a few mishaps.

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3. alanmyler - May 15, 2021

Speaking of space, did you see the Chinese Mars rover landed successfully today. My LinkedIn feed was full of the NASA mission but nothing about the Chinese one, strangely. Quite amazing achievement really. I was reading that the Chinese space agency was only established in the mid 90s. The place I contract into sold a load of flight test instrumentation into the Chinese aerospace industry about a decade ago. For commercial aircraft development, ostensibly. That they’d buy in that sort of stuff but still be able to develop missions to Mars is interesting.

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