Orbit the Earth
July 18, 2007
I read in the Globe and Mail today about Virgin Galactic, which is working with Burt Rutan to develop a spacecraft based on SpaceshipOne, winner of the X Prize. They are planning on building approximately 5 spacecraft so that they can do one flight each day to an altitude of 110 km = 360,000 ft. The ride will feature 5 minutes of weightlessness and will cost $200,000.
On one hand, I'm thrilled that within ten years, literally hundreds of people will have made it to space. On the other hand, I still have to laugh at the cost... but who knows, maybe, just maybe, within 50 years the price might drop to $10,000.
May 26, 2007
Apparently NASA has opened a "Shuttle Launch Experience thrill ride" at Kennedy Space Center. The ride opened yesterday to a team of 40 astronaunts, some of which reportedly said that the ride managed to be more realistic than the training simulators that they trained on. This will be fun to try out the next time we're in Florida! :)
September 28, 2006
Hey, there's even a company dedicated to this sort of thing! Space Adventures.
August 21, 2006
This is one of those dreams that isn't likely to happen, but after reading this article, I had to wonder -- maybe this sort of thing really is going to open up over the next fifty years. I guess we'll just have to wait and see :)