Wealthy Space Tourists Expect Luxury Hotels at Virgin Galactic Launchpad
Virgin Galactic jets sit aside Spaceport America in New Mexico. Virgin Galactic / Flickr
Because flying to space without training to be an astronaut doesn’t seem quite luxurious enough…
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Michael Blum plans to take one of the flights from the facility near Truth or Consequences. He’s founder and president of an investment research and media firm and a former PayPal executive.
Blum spoke Tuesday at a space travel symposium in Las Cruces.
He said the region needs top-notch hotels, restaurants and other upscale amenities to serve the wealthy ticket-holders who will take suborbital spaceflights.
Blum said he alone will bring 30 people to celebrate the flight and that others may bring 100.
The flights are expected to begin in 2014. Virgin Galactic currently advertises suborbital spaceflights at $250,000.
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