Articles tagged “space tourism”

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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

5 months 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.

8 months 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.

10 months 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.

11 months ago

Virgin Group’s Space Ventures Secures $1 Billion Saudi Arabia Investment

Virgin Group’s Space Ventures Secures $1 Billion Saudi Arabia Investment

Nour Al Ali and Matthew Martin, Bloomberg

When the oil wells run dry, Saudi Arabia hopes to generate money by shuttling passengers through outer space (Virgin Galactic) and point to point in cars (Uber) through cities around the world. When you have cash to burn, there could be much worse investments.

1 year ago

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

Caroline Winter, Bloomberg

No pain, no gain. SpaceX's first paying passengers with a moon fly-by on their itinerary will have to put up with some minor physical side effects and also considerable stress in being pioneers in space tourism. If these sorts of jaunts ever go mainstream, travel agents will have to advise their clients about the best ways to cope with the rigors of these joy rides.

2 years ago

Can Spaceships and Startups Attract Conventions to Albuquerque?

Can Spaceships and Startups Attract Conventions to Albuquerque?

Greg Oates, Skift

Albuquerque has a great opportunity to take advantage of New Mexico's high-tech knowledge base and the glam appeal of Virgin Galactic, but it needs to separate its messaging between the leisure and group markets.

2 years ago

Virgin Galactic Team Returns to Spaceport America to Test New Tourism Space Ship

Virgin Galactic Team Returns to Spaceport America to Test New Tourism Space Ship

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

It's been nearly two years since the tragic accident involving an older version of SpaceShipTwo but the Virgin Galactic Team is back in New Mexico for the first time since, testing out its new aircraft.

3 years ago

Understanding the Basics of the Space Tourism Industry

Understanding the Basics of the Space Tourism Industry

John Antczak, Associated Press

We're even less excited about space tourism than we are about trip planning startups.

3 years ago

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Reusable Rockets Could Change Space Tourism

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Reusable Rockets Could Change Space Tourism

Bloomberg

Recycling makes a lot of sense in a variety of fields and the use of reusable rockets could dramatically trim costs for a variety of commercial and logistical efforts in space.

3 years ago