Guide to Space Tourism
Guide to Space Tourism
Space tourism covers a lot of areas: orbit, L5 Lagrangian point, the moon, Earth resonant asteroids (asteroids that orbit the Earth but not in a circular orbit like the moon), Mars, and the biggest asteroids like Ceres.
It also covers excursions to the Galilean moons of Jupiter, the moons of Saturn, and perhaps solar yachting. I doubt if any tourist will pay for a trip to Mercury, Venus, or Uranus but then I could be wrong. There might be rich scientists who would love to go.
One reason for space tourism is to get away from numbskulls and nuckleheads on a little planet called Earth. Read the news headlines if you need convincing.
This lens tries to be of interest and of use to middle class people. I have nothing against high-income people or low-income people but, low-income people cannot afford space tourism and there are plenty of resources for high-income people in this type of tourism. In fact, Space Adventures offers a package to spend time on the International Space Station for fifty million US dollars and a trip around the moon for one hundred fifty million US dollars. Of the two available seats for the lunar orbit, one has already been sold and the other is in negotiation. These prices are outside my price range and probably yours. So I try to focus on the stuff that is being aimed at the mass market.
You can bet that prices will drop below Virgin Galactic's $200,000 per seat for suborbital flights. In fact, they already have with travel agencies marketing flights on the XCOR Lynx at about $95,000.
With this latest update, I have added material of interest to those in the working class who want to go and do not see a way. As Wayne of Wayne's World would say: "Way."
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Virgin spaceship ignites engine in flight for first time
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo makes 1st powered flight nearing suborbital rides
XCOR Aerospace - Extended Interview - Andaaz
XCOR is the builder of the Lynx and the contractor for Cosmica Spacelines. What's that? Never heard of Cosmica? Even Wikipedia will not pull up any reference to Cosmica Spacelines. Aren't you glad that you have Toni Roman to find out stuff that you would never hear of otherwise?
Editor's Note -- EADS is a huge European military contractor with deep pockets. Don't be fooled by this slick video. They do not have actual hardware like Virgin and XCOR. Probably they will end up buying some smaller company the same way Sierra Nevada Corporation bought out James Benson's SpaceDev, Inc. to obtain the Dream Chaser spaceplane project. Big companies and advanced ideas seldom go together. Or EADS Astrium might simply get out of the space tourism business unable to compete.
the competition to Virgin Galactic
Editor's Note -- Why have you heard of Virgin Galactic but not Cosmica Spacelines? Number one, Virgin Galactic has high profile Sir Richard Branson and Cosmica does not have any famous people. Number two, Cosmica is a French company and Virgin is a British company. Americans simply do not pay attention to anything not spoken in English. Number three, Cosmica is neither intended to be a tour operator like Virgin Galactic nor a scheduled airline like Virgin Atlantic. Not sure what Cosmica plans to be when it grows up but it seems to be a combination of time share (part ownership) in spaceplanes and a private spaceflight club.
this is a Boeing concept
Boeing is more aero than space. I'll believe in their hardware when it is conveying space tourists safely to orbit.
skiing on a Jovian moon
- Space divers wanted - Cosmic Log
Space activist Rick Tumlinson's latest venture aims to blend the thrills of spaceflight with the chills of skydiving, to come up with what he sees as the ultimate extreme sport: space diving. But as he revealed more details about his latest fiendish
- Outfitters for the space rush - Cosmic Log
During the California Gold Rush, the folks who reliably made money were not necessarily the miners - but the outfitters who sold shovels and other supplies to those miners. It could well be the same for the rush to private-sector spaceflight: At leas
- Space Future - Space Sports
Once hotel companies start to build and operate orbital accommodation, they're going to be endlessly improving it, and competing to build more and more exotic facilities. One of the areas in which they'll compete will be in building zero-G sports cen
- Space Future - Design and Construction of Zero-Gravity Gymnasium
In future, as orbiting hotels become more sophisticated more advanced facilities will be developed. One direction of such development will be to include larger rooms for guests to experience activities in "zero gravity", as it is popularly known. The
- Action and Reaction: Sports in Space Videos
Can you play sports in space? Richard Garriott, the next civilian to fly into space, teams up with former NFL player and four time pro bowler, Ken Harvey and Challenger Center to ask, "What happens when you block an opponent on Mars, leap for a rece
- Sports in Space: Action and Reaction
Can you play sports in space? Richard Garriott teams up with former NFL player and four time pro bowler, Ken Harvey and Challenger Center to ask, "What happens when you block an opponent on Mars, leap for a reception on the Moon, or throw a tight sp
- For Ex-N.F.L. Star, a Dream of Sports in Space
The game would be called Float Ball. It would combine elements of basketball, football and the Lionel Richie video for "Dancing on the Ceiling" into a sort of free-for-all, compelling weightless players to bounce off walls, obstacles and one another
- FORMER NFL PLAYER KEN HARVEY TEAMS UP WITH CHALLENGER CENTER & RICHARD GARRIOTT
Can you play sports in space? Challenger Center and Richard Garriott, the next civilian to fly into space, teams up with former NFL player and four time pro bowler, Ken Harvey and his company JAKA Consulting group to promote a series of fitness activ
- Cosmic Winter Olympics: Moon Skiing and Mars Skating | Space.com
Ice-skating on Mars seems unlikely, but astronauts skied on the moon.
- BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Astronauts should 'ski the Moon'
Lunar explorers should learn how to cross-country ski to investigate the Moon, an Apollo astronaut says.
- Big Air on the Moon - NASA Science
Olympic aerialist and gold medal winner Eric Bergoust discusses the wonderful possibilities of ski-jumping on the moon.
- Apollo Chronicles: Jack Skis the Moon - NASA Science
Now this is a ski report: Clear skies, no wind, sweet slopes and deep powder--not expected to melt for at least five billion years. Grab your poles and pack your bags. Just don't forget your spacesuit, because you're going to the moon. The moon's d
- As Space Tourism Takes Off, Get Ready for Zero Gravity Sports - Yahoo! Sports
Reuters reports space tourism will be a $1 billion industry in 10 years as private space companies take people who can afford it to Earth orbit and back. Imagine a privately-owned space station in orbit that can house tourists for a week at a time. P
- Sport in outer space
It's a brave new world out there, particularly when zero gravity makes everyone look like Nadia Comaneci. And while we may be years from an AFL club on the moon, who would have thought GWS would have made the launching pad?
- Daily Kos: Building a low Earth orbit sports stadium
What role, if any, should the taxpayers play in financing such a thing? My thoughts on how to build such a beast (and how it might be financed) is in the body of the diary, along with a poll to explore what attitude Congress, NASA & the public s
space shuttle external tank - to which the Daily Kos writer referred
He talked about refurbishing the tank in orbit into a small stadium:
"Of note, that tank is much smaller than what would be feasible and actually using a shuttle external tank is more expensive than would be necessary.
As Ross Tierney at Nasaspaceflight explained to me, it would be far less expensive to simply launch a pre-built facility as payload on top of a Jupiter 120 or Jupiter 232, and since the external tank has diameter of 8.4 meters and the Jupiter series might well accommodate a 12 meter payload fairing (PLF) a 50% increase in diameter is very feasible. Shuttle C, Shuttle B - 16 page pdf and Ares V could also be used, but those options strike me as being much more expensive than Jupiter.
Regardless of launcher, what if an even larger custom built Bigelow habitat were launched in that 12 meter PLF? Could that provide a 17 meter diameter stadium? Which would be twice the diameter of the volume found in this photo?
Now that could allow for zero-gee sports games perhaps played six on six (six players per team, at one time)."
editor's note -- the article goes on to talk about zero-G gyms.
space sports - continued
- The Future of Space Sports | Space.com
Space station astronauts are coming up with new sports for life in orbit.
- Sports in Space - ABC News
Playing Sports in Space
- Space Sports Closer to Reality | Space.com
We've all seen the pictures. Free-floating space travelers look to be having way too much fun frolicking in microgravity.
- Moon Tennis - NASA Science
Humans are heading back to the Moon. Tennis, anyone? Tennis pro Andy Roddick ponders the Physics of his game on other worlds.
- Space Future - On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity
Association Football, or 'soccer', is the major spectator sport in the world, as well the most widely-played. When space becomes a practical living space for the public to visit, it is likely that there will be a desire for sporting activities of som
- Space Future - Zero-Gravity Sports Centers
One of the uses that has been proposed for fully reusable launch vehicles is "space tourism", the making of short visits to low Earth orbit by fare- paying passengers. This seems to offcr the potential to generate a large commercial market, of the or
Skydiver's edge-of-space dive breaks sound barrier
- "Fearless Felix" quiets doubters, goes supersonic - CBS News
Felix Baumgartner becomes first human in free fall to break Mach 1; Trainer sounds off on people who thought he'd come apart
- Skydiver successfully jumps from the edge of space - CBS News
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner sets record for high-altitude free-fall, leaping from capsule 24 miles above the Earth
-Felix Baumgartner-, Live broadcast of the launch [Photos and and video]
by now, everyone knows about "Vomit Comet" rides in planes
For some reason, most people do not throw up on parabolic elliptic flights in airplanes. It must be that all those roller coaster rides in amusement parks have prepared their stomachs.
Well, I guess you're ready for real space now. But a space tour without regurgitation takes all the fun out of space travel. Projectile vomiting is a noble tradition since the earliest days of spaceflight. Plus it clogs up the air filters and makes you very unpopular with your fellow travelers. Keep your barf bag handy.
Okay, that's enough rough ride humor. I won't even go into what explosive decompression (sudden loss of cabin pressure when some idiot opens an air lock) does to your underwear. Enough humor. I have gotten it out of my system. Roll on the ceiling laughing.
- Space Hotel Takes Reservations for 2012 Opening | Space.com
Some forward-looking vacationers have already booked a stay at the first space hotel, which is on track to open in 2012, according to the owners of the planned orbital resort.
- Space Future - Space Hotels
From Market Research we know that most people would like to stay in orbit for a few days or more. And this stands to reason, if you're paying $20,000 for your trip to orbit! So in order for space tourism to reach its full potential there's going to b
- Space Future - Space Hotels - Civil Engineering's New Frontier
This paper reviews the prospects for the development of commercial hotels in space, and shows that - having already begun with the recent commercialisation of the space station 'Mir' - it is increasingly accepted that this is likely to become a livel
- Space Hotel Slated to Open in 2012 | Space.com
Company to build space hotel in orbit around Earth.
- What would launch costs have to drop below for these space projects to become profitable and practic
Please express launch costs in U.S. dollars per kilogram.
- When do you think we will be able to go up into space for like a vacation? - Yahoo! Answers
Do you think sometime in the future they will build some sort of "space hotel" or shuttles that take people up into space for a while, kind of like a vacation? I know it won't be cheep to be able to do this, but is it possible or is it already being
- The HAVEN Project - Final Report
Alerting the space hotel of the potentially hazardous storm advancing ... The idea is that the space hotel will be a place for people to go on
- "Filling in Some Gaps"
In some of the flights, there will be docking with a space hotel. ... Of course, if a space hotel is to be the destination, there will need to be a price
- International IAA Conference on Private Human Access to Space ...
Spaceport Associates, Bethesda, MD, USA www.SpaceportAssociates.com 1 ... which can be used as a space hotel or as an independent space station for ...
- Booking a Stay on the 'Space Hotel'
Booking a Stay on the 'Space Hotel' Reservations can now be made. In spite of being scheduled to open around 2012, the first space hotel already allows people ...
- ABOUT COSMIC LOG
up the world's first space hotel in 2012. Tourists would undergo training in a James ... Who will win the space-hotel race: Bigelow or Galactic Suite? ...
- PARTICIPATING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMERCIAL SPACE HOTEL INDUSTRY
a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Edythe E. Weeks, Esq.
- book hotels in|5 Star Space Hotel? Book a cosmic tour now! | choice hotels
Space - the final frontier - could soon turn into a tourist hotspot. And it's nothing to do with the International Space
- Outer space hotel taking reservations - National Airlines/Airport | Examiner.com
While it may sound like something from a Star Trek episode, Airwise News reported on Saturday, October 2, based on a Reuters dispatch, that Energia, a company o
Bigelow Aerospace's Sundancer Two
Galactic Suite Space Resort
Galactic Suite Space Resort
Have your computer magnify the image if you cannot read the text included with the image.
Galactic Suite Space Resort
Galactic Suite Space Resort
I apologize for the graininess of the brochures even magnified. Some of the brochures are in Spanish as this is a Barcelona-based company. Most of the brochures point out that they are using EADS-Astrium technology. EADS is the European Aerospace Defence Space conglomerate equivalent to American defense contractors.
Galactic Suite Space Resort
Dennis Tito - first space tourist
The astronauts don't count because you the taxpayer paid their way. This millionaire paid his own way. And get this, he used to work for NASA at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Dennis Tito - another photo of him
Anousheh Ansari - first female space tourist
Note the Russian Cyrillic characters on her space suit. She is Iranian but NASA is trying to get into the act by having her pose in front of an American flag.
As should be obvious by now, Dennis Tito also had to go way over to Russia to get a ride up to orbit because NASA just doesn't want ordinary people going into space. Some sort of government monopoly or racket going on I suppose.
Okay so Ms. Ansari is a millionairess.
My point is that she and the other space tourists are a huge step toward the day when ordinary Joes and Jolenes like you can afford the price of a ticket. The more millionaires go up the more the economies of scale kick in and then "thousandaires" will be able to afford it as ticket prices drop. Believe it when the space companies tell you that they want millions of people to go not just people who have millions. Think Walmart. Walmart makes a lot more money than Bijans (a store for millionaires). Volume, volume, volume.
What can I tell you? She's photogenic and Dennis is not.
you could be rich and sipping champagne at a space resort
It can't all be rich tourists sipping champagne.
Some of the space tourists will be average Joes. How gauche, drinking from the bottle while everyone else uses their glass. No wonder NASA is trying to keep the non-elite out of space. It is class warfare. Of course, this dive is called Atomic Liquor Cocktails.
editor's note -- The Holiday Inn chain hasn't used that style sign in decades.
Jen & Ryan's Space Wedding Rings Contest Video Entry
ZERO-G Weightless Wedding
lace helmet veil
The 62 Mile High Club
- University Study Suggests Its Risky.
Sex In Space? University Study Suggests Its Risky. Â The mile-high club apparently no longer excites us. So we're looking to aim higher, literally. As rumors swirl that astronauts are doing the deed, sex in space is becoming a serious issue. Its ...
- Want to join the 62-mile-high club? Not so quick, sex in outer space could be bad for your health, s
With commercial space flights in the pipeline and financiers appealing for a couple to volunteer for a manned (and womanned) mission to Mars, it's only going to be a matter of time before humans will want to do what we do best up in space.
Hank Snow :HONEYMOON ON A ROCKETSHIP written by Johnny Masters
Grooms have been dreaming of giving their brides the moon for a honeymoon since caveman times and now it is about to become possible.
Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides - planning the first ever space honeymoon
The only interesting topic at the 2008 IAC: Open Plenary is about one-third the way through this over two hours long video.
Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides - planning the first ever space honeymoon on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo - added her perspective and motivations. She is Director, US Operation for the Space Generation Advisory Council and co-founder & Executive Director of Yuri's Night, USA.
The reason they aren't laughing any more is because the sound of cash registers is drowning out the laughter and silencing the critics. We all know critics stand by and say something is impossible while others are busy doing it.
Space Tourists - a film by Christian Frei
"Space Tourists" Official Trailer
Private Space Flight
The Privatization of Space Exploration
Duel Debate Module
What part of space would you like to tour?
the Horsehead Nebula
a bit closer
there is nothing worse than getting to Saturn and - doh !
left the camera at home.
like weather maps on TV, sometimes astronomers use false colors to bring out detail - (the red rings was kind of a tip off that it wasn't true coloration)
this is The Planetary Society's favorite image - they use it in their brochures and on their bumper stickers
or at least they used to.
I never understood why some astronomers chose the UV wavelengths as their specialty - until I saw this image
UV is, of course, ultraviolet
You've all heard those expressions --
"Look at that lunatic, as crazy as the man in the moon, mooning over her"
My Favorite Martian. Look out Martians!
"Proxima Centauri will always be close (or proximate) to my heart"
Andromeda is ascendant
"Just let me triangulate that for you."
The Crab cakes are good but the nebula will leave you sick
Jupiter has a Great Red Spot. Really great. (I'm sure it's not contagious)
He has somewhat of a Saturnine disposition.
Okay, so maybe you don't use these expressions often. I guess you don't get out often.
Where would you go in the universe it you could go anywhere now?
Cat's Eye Nebula
Orion Nebula (closeup)
Rosette Nebula again
us by the lake
some world named EPCOT
feet worn out from sightseeing
the tour bus had a flat tire
so we got out and did some sightseeing while they fixed it
The Great Red Spot
Don't be fooled by imitators, like A red spot or B red spot. There is only one "THE" Great Red Spot.
space tourism books
60 Million Dollar Views: Space hotel makes E.T. tourism reality
Russia Plans Hotel for Space Tourists
How would you afford to travel to space? Pick only one.
Top Tourist Destinations in the Solar System
Enceladus -- considered by some as the most beautiful world in the Solar System
Dragon Storm, Storm Alley, southern hemisphere, Saturn (lightning storms that can be detected from 100 million miles away) -- possibly the best natural fireworks in the Solar System
Europa -- deepest ocean
Io -- volcanoes with plumes that reach 180 miles high (15 times the largest on Earth)
Great Red Spot -- the longest lived storm in the Solar System (it may be as old as 348 years)
Valles Marineris (over five times deeper than the Grand Canyon on Earth)
Olympus Mons, Tharsis Rise (three times the height of Mount Everest)
windsurfing in the jet stream of Neptune -- one slight problem though is that since Neptune has the highest wind speeds in the Solar System, you are likely to die pioneering the sport of atmospheric wind surfing, the Great Dark Spot anticyclone (which is gone now) tracked at 750 miles per hour; the jet stream is supersonic at times as high as 1243 miles per hour.
Triton -- ice volcanoes
In this case, from a high altitude balloon near space. This is a little discussed method that was used before the X-15 planes and the Mercury rockets. All three methods of reaching near space are still very much around.
From near space, the sky is black and the sun is white (not yellow like it looks on the ground), and the Earth is round and blue (along with a few other colors).
This company, also known as InBloon, offers comfortable seats as you can see in this image. Also it has 360 degree view, three-star Michelin menu (none of that sucking from a toothpaste tube like on the ISS), private bathroom, more room than in an Airbus A380 First Class, and room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit).
Plus it offers a lot more safety features than with other modes of space tourism, no motion sickness (no high G's, brief weightlessness during return), quiet (no deafening rocket noise), no toxic exhaust (unlike NASA rockets), no explosives (like the fuel NASA uses), no strenuous training (See note in next paragraph), insurance coverage, no medical checkups (they won't be feeling you up like the TSA), open to seniors and children, privacy (not treated like you were a criminal), less expensive than Virgin Galactic (though not as cheap as XCOR's Lynx), longer flight (See: Note on this),
Note: One space tourist, businessman Daisuke Enomoto, spent $21 million for a flight and the Russian Space Agency bumped him off his flight and he has not gotten a refund as of this writing. He was pulled from training, presumably because of a medical condition (kidney stones).
Note: Longer flight means that you get a more leisurely experience (more bang for the buck) and this makes it more like an ocean cruise line or sail or an airship ride. People in a hurry to get to orbit might well prefer a rocket or a spaceplane because it is faster. It depends on what you want.
zero2infinity - and its Johnny-come-lately copycat competitor
- Book a bloon
You can already book your flight! The ticket price is €110,000, and it can be paid in 3 steps: €10,000 to put your name on the list and become our priority customer €50,000 after our first successful human flight €50,000 upon flight date
- Explore The Universe for $156,000 with Zero2infinity Balloon - eXtravaganzi
Tourist space travel is no longer a novelty. What’s more, you now have the option to choose which mode of transportation you will use, depending on how much money you have, and and how many kilometers you will go. You can choose Virgin Galactic’s Spa
- Balloons versus rocket planes: space tourism race picks up pace
An unexpected space race is underway between Richard Bransons hyped Virgin Galactic and a little known Spanish company zero2infinity.
- Space travel without the rockets is launched
The cruise up and down is timed for passengers to witness a sunrise from space. Crucially; Bloon will lift off (probably from the same Air Force base near Virgen del Cami
- High-Flying Balloon Dispute Follows World View Announcement
The newly announced World View balloon flight concept shares a number of “striking” similarities to an older proposal for ‘near-space flight experience’ balloon rides, according to the head of the zero2infinity Inbloon project. Both concepts are comp
- Proposed Balloon Ride Would Let You See The Blackness Of Space
Doesn’t that look fun? A startup company is proposing to send customers 19 miles (30 kilometers) into the air via balloon, where they can linger for two hours and look at the curvature of the Earth and experience a black
zero2infinity in TVE1
This video at the company's YouTube channel has a few problems.
This video works just fine.
growing pains in the space tourism industry
- SPACE TOURISM: REGULATING PASSAGE TO THE HAPPIEST PLACE OFF EARTH ‹ Chapman Law Review
Since SpaceShipOne succeeded in winning the X PRIZE in October 2004, space tourism businesses have been booming with several companies in the race to become the first to send paying customers into suborbital space. 2 As a result, states are already f
- NASA Prepares For Annoying Space Tourists | The Mary Sue
Although it's been a few years since Lance Bass tried to travel to outer space, and it will probably be a few years until space tourism is viable, NASA is
- Space Today Online - space tourists
Editor's Note: In case you thought that I was making up that bit about NASA making you sign papers to give up your rights. Here it is -- "NASA does require the tourists to sign a legal document pledging that they and their heirs will not sue the
- Japanese space tourist bumped from flight, sues for refund - FlyerTalk Forums
Japanese businessman is suing for return of $21 million paid for a flight to the international space station. He was pulled from training . . . Editor's Note: Space tourism is becoming normal when even traveler's forums like this are swapping stori
The co-author runs a space travel agency so he knows what he's talking about
Live out your fantasy!
Saving for Your Spaceflight - or pay now and fly later
You might want to make money by investing in space. See my lens called: "Guide to Space Investing"
This module also has tips on preparing for your space vacation (if you will be staying for a week or more) or space tour (a couple of hours) or brief space flight (very brief).
- Family Vacation Finance 101: 10 Ways to Boost Your Trip-Funding Smarts | Frommers.com
The least fun part of planning a vacation is figuring out how to pay. But coming up with a plan is empowering, and can involve the entire family.
- How to Finance a Family Vacation on a Budget
Vacations can be expensive, but we all deserve a break. Fortuntately there are ways to finance your vacation on a budget, if you begin planning early.
- Nine Creative Ways to Save for a Vacation | IndependentTraveler.com
How can you save big bucks for a big trip? Fund your travels with these nine creative ways to save for a vacation.
- Space Tourism: How Much Should You Save For A Space Trip? | Finances Online™
Commercial space travel has developed to include not only convenience in space transportation for astronauts, but also once-in-a-lifetime outer space exploration for the idle rich known as space tourists. Before, ...
- How to Save Money for a Vacation | Away.com
Take the pain out of paying for your vacation by saving for it ahead of time. These tips from former Money magazine editor Sarah Max will save you from a post-vacation financial hangover.
- What Supplies Do You Need to Survive in Space? | eHow
What Supplies Do You Need to Survive in Space?. If one of your children asks you what do you need to survive in space, your first response might be, “Why do you ask?” Once you have determined that a backyard launch isn't scheduled, you can move on to
- How to Go Into Space | eHow
How to Go Into Space. Almost 50 years after the first astronaut, Yuri Gagarin, boldly blasted into space, affordable trips into the wide black yonder for the common man are about to become a reality very soon. Here's how to book and become one of the
- How much does a trip into space cost?
Editor's Note -- Fourth page is space on a budget.
- Space Travel For Every Budget
7 ways to be a space tourist—even if you’re broke.
- Countdown starts for budget space tourism lift off on Skyscanner site | Skyscanner
Flight comparison company Skyscanner today launches cheap flights into space. Editor's Note -- They just run a price comparison website and the space tourism part is not up and running yet.
- Flights to Mars - Complete Mars Vacation Guide - Expedia Space
Book a flight to Mars with Expedia. This once in a lifetime opportunity is only available with Expedia Space, pioneering consumer space travel. Editor's Note -- They might have meant it as a joke but it seems like bait and switch. You'd figure a co
- Space Future - How to get to Space
Many people still think that to get the chance to go to space you've got to try to be an astronaut. Unfortunately, the chance of getting to be a government astronaut is tiny, simply because there are so few - and there's no prospect of a lot more bei
- Five Ways to Finance Your Vacation | ThirdAge
Whether it's drinking in the sunshine on the beach, floating on a cruise to a tropical island, or climbing the highest mountain, you can find a vacation that doesn't break your pocketbook if you follow the five simple financing steps that are recomme
Space Tourism for Working Class people - Or why should the rich have all the fun?
I started thinking after I updated the introduction and said that this lens is for the middle class that even so, I can spare room for a section for those on a tight budget.
1. You need to get a blue collar job where the company will tell you to go into space and then pay you a salary. Think about it. The NASA astronauts go on junkets at taxpayer expense (your money) and then the NASA administrators have the attitude that space is too good for you! The NASA astronauts do not pay to go. They get a check and after they retire, they can go on paid speaking tours and do consulting. So find a company that desperately wants people to go out there and will pay top dollar for anyone who they can recruit. How? Look in my lens "Guide to Space Careers". You will need to go back to school to pick up skills in demand. Probably the kind of work will be space construction but space mining companies might need people to repair their mining robots. There are over a half dozen space mining companies. Put in your application today.
2. Be an extreme athlete and get sponsors.
3. Be a commercial space explorer.
4. Accept "suicide" missions that no one else is willing to accept. Test pilot of the first relativistic speed starship. One way trip to Mars. That sort of thing. Apparently not all humans are gutless cowards. When a company offered free one way travel to Mars, the naysayers ridiculed anyone who signed up, Needless to say, there are a lot of takers who don't mind the possibility of being killed. I could list all the hazards but why bother? You are either going or you are not.
5. Go as a student. Look up all the big space schools like International Space University and find out about student opportunities. Right now, the only nation serious about sending students is India.
6. Several African individuals started space projects by themselves all alone. Not surprisingly, a lot of volunteers (including the military and business investors) have volunteered assistance and at least one fellow is making decent progress. So either move to one of these countries to go volunteer (and get your foot in on the ground floor of a space program) or become a test pilot for a space company. Commercial space pilots have their own association. Join it.
7. Some space companies offer the occasional seat as a prize in a sweepstakes or on a game show. Two reality shows have used space tourism as a grand prize. If you can enter for free or without gambling on the lotto, then why not?
image: Nina "space coyote" Matsumoto is a comic book artist and T-shirt designer.
and fun spacewalking.
"I can't believe that they pay me to do this!"
Raising the money for a space vacation
(if you are not rich)
1. Sell stuff on eBay. Also garage sales, yard sales and bake sales.
2. Get a second and third job. If you are not a lazy bum, then get a fourth job.
3. Direct deposit part of your income to a passbook account dedicated to the space vacation. Treat this account like a bill and pay yourself first.
4. Clip coupons.
5. Budget. Cut spending on luxuries and non-necessities. Space is the luxury that you are saving up for.
6. Cut out the expensive coffee and bring your coffee from home in a thermos.
7. Quit smoking. They won't let you smoke on a spaceflight and the resulting better health from not smoking makes it more likely that you won't be bumped from a flight for medical reasons or simply because the other passengers don't won't a smoke aboard.
8. Quit drinking. Same reasons. If you must, the government allows you to ferment your own home brew anyway. My folks used to take apple peels or peach peels and let the brewer's yeast make wine.
9. Invest the money you are putting aside at maximum interest or dividend rate in a safe investment.
10. Let the children get involved and pitch in money from a lemonade stand or selling Girl Scout cookies. Let the family compete to come up with fund-raising ideas. Make it a game. Might as well have fun while accumulating money to have fun in space.
11. Start a side business.
12. Do your employee benefits include paid vacation days? If so, then that much closer to your total budget.
13. Some hotels offer layaway plans. If you will be staying at a hotel on the ground either the night before the flight or the night after returning, then this can save you some money by paying before you arrive.
14. Use your frequent flyer miles if you can.
Poor Folks in Space
- Do you think aliens still have rich and poor folks on their planets?
Editor's Note -- If two individuals differ by even one penny in income, then by definition one is rich and one is poor. As Einstein said, it is all relative.
- A False Choice: Human Space Exploration vs. Aid to the Poor
A major obstacle to having a robust human space exploration program funded by government, such as by the US government, is the knee-jerk reaction of many who say we have to tend to other priorities here on earth first. They say that either (1) we can
- Black Girl in Maine
No po folks in space
The Future of this lens - (assuming it has one)
If I get enough traffic on this lens to justify my time spent updating it, then I will be looking at more space tourism projects outside the USA since (once again) our government is trying to stifle innovation and kill our future to protect old and dead industries (like aerospace). Whenever NASA pretends to be interested in space tourism, it is really trying to co-opt ideas or steal intellectual property. Some of these companies have told that right to the faces of NASA managers.
One of the main ways of destroying new companies is to give them a government contract (generally for science or military missions). Since most of these tiny companies have never seen so much money, they get excited and forget what they started out to do -- to get you into space. There is an election. Congress switches political parties. Policy changes. The program is cancelled and the little NewSpace company is rendered bankrupt while the old aerospace dinosaurs plod along in lockstep with NASA and the Defense Department, neither of which wants civilians or consumers in space.
Another way is to strangle the new companies is to load them down with safety regulations. Now I am a _HUGE_ advocate of space safety. I don't have a problem with safety systems. However, we are not talking about safety systems. We are talking about safety regulations. Red tape. While safety concerns and technical problems must surely account for Virgin Galactic's delays, red tape must also play a role.
I don't want to see billionaires blow up on their way to space or burn up on their way back but historically, with any new transportation advance, rich people have been willing to take those risks. Armadillo has basically shut down after a recent crash and no loss of life was involved. Are we a nation of wusses? Let the super-rich take the risk of super-fast boats and space tourism and other dangerous pursuits (like cryogenic suspended animation and being on the first starships). Isn't that their role in society? It balances out the scales of justice. If rich people suck the taxpayers dry, then I am willing to let it go as long as they are the opening wedges of new innovations. New products and new services don't have all the bugs worked out so some consumers die. That should be dare-devil rich people. Not even all rich people. Just the adventurers and risk-takers who are consenting adults and who sign the waivers so that they can have their joy rides.
It is simple genetics. The human race has a certain number of risk takers in the gene pool who croak so that the race as a whole advances when we learn how to do new things safely. But at first it will be dangerous. Getting back to cases. In the space business, no one takes you seriously until you blow a few things up. If your company folds at the first unsuccessful test, then you did not have deep enough pockets nor enough insurance. If you cannot take the heat, get out of the kitchen as they say. Get out of the way and let another company try. NASA needs to get out of the way and let the private sector try.
NASA requires tourists to sign a legal document pledging that they and their heirs will not sue the space agency before they are cleared to board the ISS. Therefore, you should not sign any NASA documents and sue NASA anyway for the unpardonable crime of spending the last fifty years creating every obstruction that their warped minds can think of to keep ordinary people out of space. A good class action lawsuit might hammer into their heads that ordinary people want to go now, safely, and at low cost. Luxury would be nice too (seeing "robot astronauts" in comfortable couches while humans are lucky to get hard metal seats really makes people hopping mad). However, I don't think anything less than slashing the NASA budget to zero will get through their thick skulls. A hundred times, a thousand times, ten thousand times, one hundred thousand times, a million times we should say to NASA that we want to go. Maybe NASA administrators should be required by law to turn their hearing aids back on so that they will hear us.
The image is of the gate to Spaceport America before they finished construction. Its future is in doubt with all the delays created by the government bureaucrats and the white-knuckled corporate types.