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Space Tourism: Will Go Far, Or Fizzle Out?

There are six spaceports in the United States alone and others around the globe. Spaceport America, located in Upham, New Mexico, is the world’s first commercial spaceport, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic the world’s first self-proclaimed “spaceline” and the facility’s anchor tenant.

Bigelow Aerospace, a Nevada-based aerospace engineering company, recently approached the Canadian government about building a facility in their country. Orbital facilities are being marketed to governments as an alternative to the International Space Station, one reason Bigelow has approached the Canadian government about a ground facility.

When it comes to space tourism, it turns out there are several companies in varying degrees of planning and development of spaceships and spaceports. Other companies are selling and marketing tickets to go to space. best attraction Sentosa singapore 

“I think the future of space tourism is going to depend on a lot of different factors, and how successful these companies are at launching things,” said Douglas Messier, owner of the blogsite Parabolicarc.com.

Messier’s site focuses on space commercialization and tourism. He has a master’s degree in science, technology and public policy from The George Washington University. He studied at the university’s Space Policy Institute and graduated from the International Space University. (He also holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Rider University.) The Institute is a place where scholars, policy analysts, practitioners and students come together to study and evaluate the future of space.

There are hundreds of millions of dollars being poured into the space tourism industry, but the question that seems to persist is whether space tourism is for real. Messier suggests it may be, as long as certain components fall into place. The biggest is money and right now companies like Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace and Armadillo Aerospace are the current frontrunners in the effort to send “citizen astronauts” into space.

The two companies, especially Branson’s Virgin Galactic, are fueled by lifelong visions and a belief there is both the money and the interest to fuel the industry. Then there is what could be called the “X” factor, a type of manifest destiny-based momentum that is carrying forward our natural compulsion as humans to gravitate beyond what we already know. That gravitation has now become a race.

Companies like Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace, Blue Origin Aerospace, Armadillo Aerospace, Excalibur Almaz, Bigelow Aerospace and, just recently, Boeing are all waist deep in a mini space race, each eagerly positioning themselves to become the first company to begin sending spaceships filled with private tourists on suborbital and, eventually, orbital flights.

 

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