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Space Tourism: A New Industry

By IGI Global on Oct 8, 2013
Contributed by Ann Lupold, Discipline Manager

Commerce in Space: Infrastructures, Technologies, and Applications The idea of space tourism is still a relatively new concept to the majority of the population, with tickets starting at 250K for a flight lasting about 2 and half hours. But in the future, vacations into space might actually be more attainable.

According to reports from CNN, if the FAA gives it the go-ahead, Virgin Galactic is ready to launch the industry of space tourism.

Driven by founder Sir Richard Branson, an English business magnate and investor, Virgin Galactic plans to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists, launches for space science missions, and orbital launches of small satellites.

More than 600 people have signed up to pay the quarter million dollars to secure their journeys into space. And the travelers won't be simply passengers. The entire experience will require three days of training and health testing. They participate as 'crew members', engaged in the process of space travel.

Branson sees it as the start of a major industry. "We'll start with giving people a taste of space, then we'll send people into orbital flight. We'll start building hotels in space." When asked about the options for those not able to spend $250,000 to defy gravity, he continues: "Initially, it's very much the wealthiest who are going to use it. But through these wealthy people being willing to be pioneers, I think millions of people will one day have the chance to go to space."

"It's the start of a new space race. It's not been easy. It's taken us five years more than we thought it would take but finally they've pulled it off."

That is, if the FAA gives Galactic the green light.

Delving deeper into the concepts of industry development in space, Commerce in Space: Infrastructures, Technologies, and Applications compiles an authoritative body of research on the expanding role of earth observation satellite initiatives and their application to such capabilities as mobile broadband, Internet, and mobile communication connectivity. A must-have reference work for any library, this book provides a comprehensive review of how space technology can influence the future of information technology architecture across multiple domains such as health, education, logistics, business decision making, and communication.

A part of the IGI Global bundled Topic Collection Online Tourism and Digital Economies, this specialized reference compilation that supports research in the field of global and economic technologies. This valuable set of titles includes 13 scholarly titles focusing on hospitality, travel and tourism management, consumer management, e-commerce, and the digital divide and developing countries. These titles represent IGI Global’s unique coverage of the impact and effective use of electronic commerce technologies in modern organizations.

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