Category Archive: Space Tourism

Oct 07 2015

Hmmmm…this piques my interest

Here’s the kickstarter page. I believe I’ll kick in $38 to be a Partner Backer 1. You can bet that Ships & Stones and hopefully Moore Trouble will be included in my 2 Mb of data to the Moon. Related article: Moonspike Rocketship Launches on Kickstarter Journey to the Moon

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Sep 30 2015

ARCA Space Corp to begin rocket test by the end of 2016

ARCA Space Will Launch Test Flights from Spaceport America. They hope to eventually enter the suborbital space tourism market.

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Sep 29 2015

Interesting take on going to Mars

Mars-Les Johnson. What do we conclude from all this? 1) We want to go to Mars. 2) It is technically feasible to go to Mars. 3) It is logistically possible to go to Mars within a decade of deciding to do so. 4) A trip to Mars is affordable. Why, then, aren’t we going to …

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Aug 03 2015

XCOR says to buy your tickets now for Lynx

XCOR to Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Space Plane Flights. Ticket prices are $100,00 now, but they’ll go up to $150k after 1 January 2016. They’ve sold 300 tickets so far. I dunno — awful pricey from a suborbital flight, but that’s just me. It’s still about $100K less than Virgin Galactic’s cost for a …

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May 25 2015

The development of LEO Space Tourism and secondary markets

Related Posts in this series: An Examination of Delta-v in Cis-Lunar space There are already profitable Space markets today: Communications (e.g. Satellite TV, Sirius Radio, INMARSAT), Earth Observing (in which I include general imagery, weather, cartography), and Positioning (GPS). I see these markets growing in customers and decreasing in cost over time, which likely will …

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Apr 10 2015

New Shepherd rocket to be test flown this year

Blue Origin to Launch Private Spaceship Test Flights This Year. The New Shepherd rocket will eventually take up to three passengers to sub-orbital space and return back to its launch pad. Blue Origin isn’t releasing a launch date, but they say it will be later this year. The article also says that tests of their …

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Mar 27 2015

Sanctions + Low Oil Prices + Competition = Russian Fire Sale on Space stuff

UAE Moves to Purchase Russian Spacecraft Launch Platform. Well, that would be interesting. Though the current oil glut (Yay American Fracking!) has cooled off UAE, since they’re heavily dependent on oil prices of course. Russia Plans to Boost Space Tourism at Orbital Outpost. At over $50 mil a seat, this would go a long way …

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Mar 11 2015

Sarah Brightman will sing from the ISS

Space soprano plans first duet from ISS. I think this’ll be interesting, at least from the perspective of the differences she notices from singing in orbit, or if her pitch or tone changes. No word yet on if she’ll perform this: Ah…Disco…let us never speak of it again. By resting your eyes on this sentence, …

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Feb 25 2015

World View sets new record for altitude

Parafoil reaches 102,200 feet. That’s the height they intend to take passengers to, starting in 2016, for $75K. While this test didn’t carry humans, it did carry two university science experiments — one to detect ozone, and one to test HD video technology at high altitudes.

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Feb 18 2015

This long, unsatisfying article at least had a little gold at the end

The stratosphere and suborbit: shirtsleeves or pressure suits? It’s WAY long (over 2200 words — longer than any single chapter in Ships & Stones), and it’s unsatisfying because the author doesn’t come to an conclusion or recommendation at the end of the wall of text. Click on the article if you must, but you’ve been …

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Feb 10 2015

Pretty good article on how Prizes and Competitions spur space advances

With a focus the Google Lunar Xprize. The author lists areas where future prizes/competitions could be awarded: Geostationary orbit (GEO) combined tourism hotels/space stations Orbital lunar space tourism Lunar scientific activities Lunar in situ resource utilization experiments Lunar sample return Space debris resource management Low Earth orbit (LEO) and GEO spacecraft servicing LEO fuel depot …

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Jan 29 2015

2 points: I’m insanely jealous and…

Ruskies are really capitalists at heart, as if you really needed me to tell you that. I’m insanely jealous of Takamatsu Satoshi and Sarah Brightman for going to the ISS without me. I’ve heard all sorts of PC-talk about how they should be spending their money for better causes blah blah blah. It’s their money, …

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Dec 30 2014

Let’s party like it’s….2009?

Human Exploration Transfer Stage (HETS) was first proposed in 2009. I’m not exactly sure why the staff writers at SpaceDaily.com chose to dredge up this idea, but since I have to blog about something today, I’ll bite. In principle, using the ISS as a manufacture and test facility for human-crewed, deep-space missions makes perfect sense…if …

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Dec 19 2014

Beautiful view from 100,000 ft

From the World View Enterprises high altitude balloon test flight. Tickets start at $75K.

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Dec 01 2014

Speaking of Wild Rides

Swiss Space Systems Will Begin to Offer Commercial Zero Gravity Flights in 2015. They’ll start operations within the US and Europe by the end of 2015, and then offer flights world-wide by the end of 2016. %000 Euro’s per passenger ($6250), but still pretty inexpensive as these things go. If anyone’s looking to give me …

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Nov 05 2014

Win a free suborbital trip to space

Buy a movie ticket to “Interstellar” via Fandango before 1 December, and you’re entered. One ticket will be drawn at random to fly on a future flight of XCOR’s Lynx. According to the Lynx development web page, test flights for the Lynx begin next year.

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Nov 01 2014

Prescient article published Thursday comparing the Ansari XPrize to Apollo

Very interesting article that poses the question: So, why did Sputnik quickly help spark a revolution that would transform life on Earth, while the Ansari X Prize led to 10 years of extravagant promises and desultory results? And what does this tell us about the role of prizes in moving technology forward? Because it spends …

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Oct 26 2014

New record on parachute free fall

By a Google exec, of all people. Alan Eustace ascended to 135,890 feet without a capsule, basically dangling from the balloon sheets for two hours!! Definitely a man with huge testicles. His scorpion landing left a little to be desired, but any landing one can walk away from is a good landing.

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Oct 22 2014

Modeling space infrastructure after the US Highway system

NextBigFuture’s take on space infrastructure, which I believe was Bob Zubrin’s original idea. There are interesting parts of NextBigFuture’s proposal, but at the core I believe it is a non-starter. There just isn’t the funding available to provide the equivalent of the 1956 Federal Highway Act for space. Nor, I believe, would the public be …

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Oct 06 2014

Again I say: “Welllllll…we’re waiting”

Virgin Galactic to launch to space “soon”. They’ve done 31 successful test flights this year. Who does 31 tests of anything? Obligatory youtube clip:

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