June 08, 2004
Ex Cunabula Ad Astra
In the far future, this event, if it is successful, may be seen as the real beginning of the human colonization of space. The reason I say this is that if private companies and investors are able to get into space in an affordable fashion, uses (by which I mean, ways to make money) will be found for being there. This would in turn lead to more people going, more ways of profiting from being in space being found, and so forth. The government cannot remove us from our cradle; it has no incentive. But private industry can.
Not that I'm excited or anything.
Posted by Jeff at June 8, 2004 10:15 AM | Link Cosmos
Private space tourism has potential as a money-maker. And if private space companies can make money, they can gradually expand their services to include more and more of outer space.
Millions of people are willing to spend a lot of money to go to space, and will accept the risk--once the procedures get ironed out and a good safety record is compiled. The market is there.
I'd be one of them. The idea of going up and seeing the Earth from space is absolutely mesmerizing!