Global financial apocalypse be damned – the Rocket Racing League is investing in the space tourism business. Yes, the timing is a little strange, but today the RRL announced a partnership with the New Mexico state government and Armadillo Aerospace — the rocket engine company founded by Doom creator John Carmack that will also supply engines for the Rocket Racing League's eponymous, um, racing league — to fly suborbital tourist flights from a spaceport outside Las Cruces.
Armadillo will provide the vehicles—vertical takeoff and launch craft based on a concept like the one you see here—and RRL will provide financing. The plan is to start flights in 2010. Granger Whitelaw, the Rocket Racing League's CEO, is apparently betting that in a couple years there will still be plenty of people eager to spend $100,000 on a trip to the edge of space. Will he win that bet? We have absolutely no idea.
Well ... well ... well, we are one step closer to achieving what the folks at www.ootwo.com predicted. Soon we will be recreating not only on the edge of space just outside our own planet, but on other planets and moons. I for one cannot wait. I would gladly shell out $100K to play golf on the moon or go hunting or mountain climbing on mars. 2010 can't get here soon enough.
Hunting on Mars? Hunting for what exactly?
If this were to happen the price would be high for a while then soon drop but its a big dream that is going to be fullfilled