Articles tagged “space tourism”

Virgin Galactic Reveals Its Space Base But Not Its Launch Timing

Virgin Galactic Reveals Its Space Base But Not Its Launch Timing

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Champagne and caviar? Check. Barista island? Check. Scheduled flights? Richard Branson will get back to you. Space tourism has been an endlessly delayed launch, after all.

1 month ago

The Race to Space Speeds Up With Virgin Galactic’s Listing

The Race to Space Speeds Up With Virgin Galactic’s Listing

Thomas Seal, Christopher Jasper and Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has been trying to get to space since 2004, when he first founded Virgin Galactic. While the company's move to publicly list the company takes things up a notch, it certainly doesn't guarantee this idea won't remain a true moonshot.

2 months ago

Virgin Galactic Plans to Go Public

Virgin Galactic Plans to Go Public

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

The reported deal will fund the company until it can operate and make a profit. The problem is one or even both of those could be a long way off.

2 months ago

Space Tourism Could Be the Ultimate Adventure Trip for Travel Advisors

Space Tourism Could Be the Ultimate Adventure Trip for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

With Virgin Galactic's suborbital flights expected to begin at long last, space tourism could soon take off as a niche for travel advisors. Those already involved caution that it takes patience, training, and commitment.

3 months ago

Space Tourism Could Be Big for Travel Industry

Space Tourism Could Be Big for Travel Industry

Sam Unsted, Bloomberg

For this to happen, the cost of space travel will have to fall enough that more than just the ultra-wealthy can afford it.

6 months ago

Virgin Galactic Clears a Hurdle in Space Tourism Race

Virgin Galactic Clears a Hurdle in Space Tourism Race

John Antczak, Associated Press

Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's private space company, scored a long-elusive win this week with a successful trip to the edge of space. Branson says in three years he'll be up there. But given a record of delays, we're not holding our breaths.

9 months ago

A Billionaire Aims to Be the First Paying Passenger on Elon Musk’s Moon Rocket

A Billionaire Aims to Be the First Paying Passenger on Elon Musk’s Moon Rocket

Yuji Nakamura and Lisa Du, Bloomberg

He’ll be in his late 40s if the mission goes ahead on schedule, but Yusaku Maezawa deserves props for his bravery for what would be a dangerous and historic trip.

1 year ago

Elon Musk Signs Up First Space Tourist for Flight Around the Moon

Elon Musk Signs Up First Space Tourist for Flight Around the Moon

Angus Whitley and Kazunori Takada, Bloomberg

Getting its first passenger signed up is good news for SpaceX but given the inherent difficulties of such a project, we shouldn't expect an imminent departure.

1 year ago

Space Launches Are Causing More Delays for U.S. Airlines

Space Launches Are Causing More Delays for U.S. Airlines

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

More launches mean more closed airspace, more delays, and more costs for commercial airlines. Maybe the U.S. government should charge tolls for space launches and dedicate the revenue to investing in the nation's aviation infrastructure.

1 year ago

The First Luxury Hotel in Space Is Set to Launch in 2021

The First Luxury Hotel in Space Is Set to Launch in 2021

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Welcome to the new space race, which now includes Orion Span, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. For now, however, we'd much prefer an earthly luxury hotel experience to one that will set us back $9.5 million a stay.

1 year ago

The Space Tourism Race Is Getting More Competitive as Launches Near

The Space Tourism Race Is Getting More Competitive as Launches Near

Julie Johnsson and Dana Hull, Bloomberg

While this story focuses on Boeing and SpaceX, other players including Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are also working to bring tourists to space. It will be an experience few can afford, but at least the seats will be comfortable.

2 years ago

SpaceX Had a Comeback Story in 2017

SpaceX Had a Comeback Story in 2017

Dana Hull, Bloomberg

Your next vacation won't take place in space anytime soon. But SpaceX definitely picked up speed in 2017 and is conducting important research that will go far beyond benefitting some travelers' space exploration curiosities.

2 years ago