Many believe that interest in space disappeared in the decades after mankind set foot on Earth’s moon, all of a sudden people thought that humans had achieved the maximum, the ultimate goal reaching their limit. Even though governments around the world reduced their financial support for governmental space agencies, private space companies knew that the future was great and put a lot of effort and money into developing commercial space tourism. With huge revenue streams, from companies like Virgin media, Airline companies, and online shopping companies like Amazon, rich dreamers are beginning to look at space as their next frontier.
This new ‘space age’ began in 2006 when NASA started working with Space X, the baby of PayPal founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk. This meant that Space X would be doping all transportation work to the International Space Station for NASA.
- Blue Origin’s second test vehicle, a suborbital launch vehicle, soars through Mach 1.2 at 45,000 feet in this image released by the secretive private spaceflight company. This image was taken in August 2011 right before the thrust termination system activated, resulting in the loss of the vehicle, company officials said.
SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch and land a spacecraft in 2010, with plans for manned missions from 2017. If these efforts succeed the next logical step will be, without a doubt Mars. The eventual funding of Martian colonies would become a reality through the constructions of satellites and related services which experts estimate will begin operating by 2020.
Virgin Galactic is following a more adventurous future
The richest adrenaline junkies can take a ride on “space planes” and see what it feels like to be literally out of this world. Who wouldn’t want to?
The first rich adrenaline junkie paid 20 million dollars for a seat back in 2001. Since then, prices have changed in the industry. For anyone who wants to reserve a seat, the starting price is around $ S250.000. However there have been a lot of setbacks for Private Spaceflight. Nearly a year ago, on October 31, 2014, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed on a test flight, killing one of the two pilots. The terrible accident in the desert of California eliminated Branson’s dream of starting suborbital test flights earlier this year. Branson isn’t giving up on Space tourism, as he still believes in his dreams and plans, but he won’t be pushing blindly forward.
More companies who are investing in Space
Today, in 2015, there are a lot of companies who are beginning to see the benefits and potential of space and tourism. According to economists, it’s the next big deal where money is waiting to be made.
Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon is adopting a safer approach. Increases in the technological developments of Blue Origin are bringing incremental improvements in cost and reliability to private space efforts. Although exceptionally quiet and reserved about their projects, the company seems to have had a role in supplying rocket motors and has helped push our species towards space.
“The technical challenges of escaping Earth’s gravity well and reaching orbit have never been trivial, and are compounded when higher reliability and lower cost are required,” Blue Origin explained on its website. “We are working patiently, step by step, to reach these long-term goals.”
“Conventional first stage booster rockets are expendable. This conventional approach has two major drawbacks. The lack of flight testing prior to first use makes reliability a challenge. The fact that each mammoth vehicle is thrown away after a single use contributes to the staggering cost of spaceflight,” the company website stated.
Carried from Blue Origin’s original website to its new version is the group’s motto: “Gradatim Ferociter!” The phrase is Latin for “Step-by-Step, Ferociously.”