If you've got a lust for space travel, a desire to go where only a couple of dozen people have gone before, and $150 million to spare, Space Adventures needs you. The space tourism company--it's the one that organizes the ISS trips via the Russian Soyuz--has mapped a potential tour around the moon that could lift off within five years.
Didn’t receive your invite to the dedication ceremony for Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico on Friday? Ours was lost in the mail as well, but this video of the event, which saw the christening of the facility’s nearly two-mile long runway and other facilities as well as a flyover and landing by the Virgin space vehicle duo, surfaced Saturday so the rest of us could join in on Sir Richard Branson’s fun.
A pair of Russian aerospace companies have announced plans to launch the first commercial space station, in 2015 or perhaps 2016. The station will have room for up to seven astronauts, scientists, and wealthy citizens to perform experiments or just take in the scenery. Meanwhile, U.S.
With the announcement that Boeing plans to take tourists into space in five years, it was really only a matter of time before somebody started thinking about refreshments. Because where would space tourism be without space beer? Luckily, Astronauts4Hire, a non-profit space research corporation, has the situation in hand. They are about to test an Australian beer that's brewed and bottled especially for consumption in microgravity.
A skydiver jumps from the edge of space to set a
record—and help plan an exit strategy for orbital tourists
By Bjorn CareyPosted 04.10.2010 at 5:51 pm 1 Comment
Before famed skydiver Felix Baumgartner can jump out of his balloon at 120,000 feet, his ground crew will have to clear it with the Federal Aviation Administration. “Felix will be coming in like a missile,” says Jon Clark, the medical director of the Red Bull Stratos mission. “We don’t want him to be confused with one.”
Here's Felix Baumgartner's plan: Float a balloon to 120,000 feet. Jump out. Break the sound barrier. Don't die. Simple, right?
If Baumgartner, a world famous base jumper and skydiver, pulls off the feat, he'll set the record for the world's highest jump and become the first person to break the sound barrier with his body alone. During the jump, he'll also collect data on how the human body reacts to a fall from such heights, which could be useful for planning orbital escape plans for future space tourists and astronauts.
We've seen concepts and a rare look behind the scenes during assembly, and now in the flesh: Raising champagne glasses in the shadow of a full-size ice statue of an Apollo astronaut, a group of soon-to-be space tourists joined Sir Richard Branson at the unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, now named "VSS Enterprise," in the Mojave desert last night.
Anyone with a cool $4 million and change might consider doing what 43 other people have done, and sign up for an orbital space vacation in 2012 with Galactic Suite Space Resort. The Barcelona-based company plans to open the first space hotel if all goes according to plan.