Sapce tourism update: bookings up for Virgin Galactic

In Feb. 2008, Virgin Galactic had 200 people waiting for a trip to outer space. About a year ago, Virgin Galactic had 300 customers waiting for a brief trip to space. According to this article the number is up to 360 – I’m not sure if that’s a good pace but if you believe the article the pace may be likely to slow down until prices come down.

One reason prices should be coming down is because consumers will have more options.

Virgin Galactic owner Sir Richard Branson and a virtual hall of fame of other wealthy business figures have invested much of their vast fortunes in hopes of gaining a toe hold in commercial space. Budget Suites owner Robert Bigelow, PayPal co-founder Elon Musk and Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos are all developing their own space hardware for traveling to — or living in — Earth orbit.

Apparently many of these guys are working with the US government (NASA) to make space tourism happen. The CNN article I linked to above says this has been planned since the Reagan administration so I may have given Obama too much credit when I talked about this stuff about 6 months ago.

I do find it interesting that all the articles I’ve read are about men signing up for the tours or investing in the companies that do space tourism – is it as simple as more science fiction geeks (no insult intended as I am a sci fi & fantasy geek larper myself) are men?

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