GoogleBoy From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
With the Bush Space Exploration Vision fully in place and the emergence of success for commercial space travel (Branson, Rutan, upcoming Robert Bigelow) and the unprecedented support from NASA to promote this type of entrepreneurship, do you believe that Public Space Travel (Space Tourism if you like) is the next big market to soar alike the early days of commercial leasure air travel?
Here is Robert Bigelow Space Hotel in Production at his facilities.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
As much as I respect Burt (and Richie too), I am not as optomistic as they seemingly are in respect to timeframe. I have no doubt that we will see "space" commercialism in a somewhat limited way in the near future, but have serious reservations that spaceflight will become a commonplace tourism (or adventurism) industry anytime soon as is being curently hyped.
I, of course, hope that I am incorrect in my thoughts, but you asked for thoughts and I don't really see the myriad of complications being overcome within the next decade or two. Regards..Jack
Calling NASA's 'rewards' for future space based accomplishments is like me betting you $5 you can launch a model rocket over 10,000 feet in the air. You are going to spend a LOT more getting the project that is obviously accomplishable done, just to get a check from NASA that means nothing to them?
Obviously this logic falls on deaf Ears where Mr. Allen is concerned, and considering how PRACTICAL SSO is to use, I think he made a safe bet..
Orbiting or more, is a WHOLE nother ball game. The cost per Pax is staggering, and as for the rest of the possible applications, another moon/planet would have to be made of "gold" to make it worth it..
Quoting Cptkrell (Reply 1): have serious reservations that spaceflight will become a commonplace tourism (or adventurism) industry anytime soon as is being curently hyped.
I agree. If flying were easy and not dangerous, and no one crashed and died in the early days, a LOT more people would have jumped on the bandwagon.
There are going to have to be a LOT more sucessful flights of SSO's sucessors before the real general public will lay the money down with out much question. This is not to say there will not be a lot of adventurers, but making one of those flights as common as an 'airline' will not happen soon.
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
Not any time soon, I'm personally against it and therefore it is my bias. My fear is that if it catches on, sonic travel will never become a reality, which is my specialty and IMO, can be way the heck more cheaper and readily available unline a launch pad or unhindered airspace.
NASA needs to cut corners to make thier space research worth private space companies time/money, the first things thay are looking at are NASA's aeronatics projects for dismisal. That is what all companies do, they look to those research organizations for a break-through to enhance their products.
NASA is not about research anymore, they have become a damn business and are sacrifising the future to help capitalism now, trying to look good. NASA rarely gives direction anymore, it did at one time.
My head hurts now, I guess it's what I get for thinking way too much, way to fast about a subject that I could probably take part in but choose not to due to childhood goals...Ima go have lunch.
The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.