Buy A Commercial Ticket Into Space
If you’ve got the money to burn, Space Expedition Corporation is selling commercial tickets into space.
When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me how my aunty was on some list to fly into space. I have no idea if she was telling the truth or if she was just trying to show me how much my aunty loved the idea of going into space, but apparently the time has come where civilians can purchase a ticket for commercial space travel. And you’re not just a passenger, but a co-pilot.
Granted, I know very little about space travel outside of science fiction movies, but I did do a bit of googling to find out just what is considered to be “space” and what is just traveling really freaking high up above the ground. From what I can gather, the altitude considered to be “space” is determined by your location on Earth, so the Kármán line is an arbitrary definition that defines the edge of space based on where you are on the planet.
Most people interested would probably at this point sign up for more information. With a cost of $95,000-$100,000 for an hour-long flight, it’s hard to imagine people spending so much to be a pioneer unless they’ve got the time and money to fling around. Those more cautious and needing to save for such an adventure would likely want to see how the first couple of flights go and what those people thought of the experience provided.
And while a person such as myself can barely afford a $500 plane ticket, it’s easy to see why $100,000 for a quick jaunt into space seems like a fairly reasonable cost considering the destination. Tickets are for Q4 2014, Q3 2015, and Q1 2016.
For more information about the training and the spacecraft itself, you can visit the SpaceXC website.
SpaceXC is a Dutch startup co-founded by Michiel Mol and Ben Droste. The company is one of three companies attempting to start up commercial space travel.