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Virgin Galactic: Would You Pay $200,000?  
User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1612 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3995 times:

As Virgin Galactic is steadily working towards the first sub-orbital commercial spaceflights with a commercial craft (a worlds first) I was wondering who on this board is rich or mad enough to cough up the aprox. $200,000 for the 5 minutes of spaceflight/weightlessness.

I'm not rich, but I'm certainly mad enough   If I had 200 grand laying around I wouldn't lose 1 second sleep over spending it on those 5 minutes.

What about you?


Live From Amsterdam!
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User currently offlineovercast From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

If I had the cash, I'd be trying to get in the queue before you!

User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1063 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

I think I'd rather spend my 200 grand flying First Class round the world and staying in top notch hotels (especially the Burj Dubai!).


One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Definitely yes, although chances are that I would need quite some warning time prior to the flight as I think it is weight restricted.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
I think I'd rather spend my 200 grand flying First Class round the world and staying in top notch hotels (especially the Burj Dubai!).

I completely agree! I'd fly everywhere I could think of, though if I had 200 grand right now, my mom would say "SAVE IT FOR COLLEGE!"  

Besides, after I went to the Mission Space ride at Epcot, Disney World, I absolutely have no desire to go to space. 



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3887 times:

if I could land on a planet or the moon, i would. Since I can't without getting older I wouldn't. Around the world is much better IMHO.


From the airport with love
User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Reply 5):
if I could land on a planet or the moon, i would. Since I can't without getting older I wouldn't. Around the world is much better IMHO.

Technically everyone else gets older, time passes slower as you travel at high speeds. But it really doesn't make more than a few millisecond difference unless you were going close to light speed which ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

I thought I'd heard about a competing outfit somewhere in the Netherlands Antilles which was planning to offer something similar for around 50 grand. Either way, the price is sure to fall over time, and for me, it's not a question of if but when- especially if such flights eventually go into full orbit.

It ain't the weightlessness you're paying for, you can ride the vomit comet for a fraction of the price and get that. The attraction is the act of actually leaving Earth, even for only a few minutes. The very thought makes my stomach flutter.


User currently offlinecarbon787 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

if money was not an issue, my word I would!....and not just once either!!!

User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

If I had the cash to splurge on it, I would most definitely do it, as it's the closest I'd probably ever get to being an astronaut. Now realistically, if the prices were to go down due to competition from other companies to the point where I could save up the money for a year or two (I'd gladly nix my twice a year trips to Las Vegas for a few years in order to save up for a space flight.), I would not hesitate to do it.

User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3760 times:

now that I've had a chance to find it... www.rocketshiptours.com Virgin Galactic will likely carry the first passengers on this type of thing, but these guys already have the advertised price down to $95k. A little while longer and the price will probably halve again, and while $50k is a lot, it's no more than lots of us spend on a nice car, and within reach of a middle-class guy who is willing to save for it. IMHO- to hell with the car!

User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

What I'd do is wait for 200 people to pay 200 k and then the price goes down to 20 k doesn't it?  
So I'd spend the rest of money just like initious 


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2823 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

No.

Since that's too short of an answer for a.net filters, I will also add "absolutely not."


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

I don't think I'd sign up.

At over £150,000 I'd be dead worried it would be a disappointment. You don't actually get that long in space.


User currently onlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1394 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

$200,000 for 5 min? No thank you. If it was an hour plus, maybe. I can think of a lot more things to do with $200,000 in 5 min...

Cal   



*Insert Sound Of GE90 Spooling Up Here*
User currently offlinebj87 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3635 times:

No way. Even if I had 200 grand I wouldn't spend it on five minutes of "space" time. I'd rather spend it on nice cars, first class tickets, etc.

But first I would run to the store for one of those Omega watches, man those are beautiful. But dang are they expensive!


User currently offlinedeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1426 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

One word - YES.

In my masters in air and space law, (in the Netherlands) we had the Virgin Galactic sale rep come and try and sell a ride to us, it was incredible, we got shiny brochures, models of the Space Ship and the controversial promise that we would get "astronaut wings" after the flight.

Regards from India
Nitin



I want every single airport and airplane in India to be on A.net!
User currently offlinefbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

As with all these things the first few people will pay through the nose compared to those willing to wait a while. Personally I'm not willing to pay $200k to be one of the very first, especially when the money goes to Branson  


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlinecvg2lga From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 6):
The attraction is the act of actually leaving Earth, even for only a few minutes. The very thought makes my stomach flutter.

I said to a friend of mine once, how amazing I thought it was to think that when I get onto an airplane and travel across the country, I'm not on the earth anymore.

He replied, "Well, technically when you jump you leave the earth..."


Tchau

DA-



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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Thread starter):
What about you?

Nee, ik zou het niet. I would rather transfer those 200K to my 'Voyage across southern Africa' fund. Probably use them to add some Mercedes G to my motorcade . On a more serious note, I really do not see myself spending money on that. I just don't recognize the excitment of it.

Speedbird741



Boa noite Faro, Air Portugal 257 climbing flight level 340
User currently offlinebe77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

Quoting carbon787 (Reply 7):
if money was not an issue, my word I would!....and not just once either!!!

I'm wondering how many trips it would take, and what the benefits of achieving gold status in the Frequent Flyer program will be?

edit - sp

[Edited 2011-06-17 01:46:34]


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