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Posted: 1/2/2006 9:54:08 PM EST
On Sunday, 60 Minutes (yes, I know...) interviewed Burt Rutan. He won the "X prize", bascially a prize for the first privately funded group to make two trips in space in a certain time frame (2 weeks) a while back. He also was the individual who built the Voyager, the plane to fly non stop around the world.

Any how, a company purchased 8 'ships' to eventually ferry people up to 61/61 miles, the edge of space. They're selling 'trips' for $200,000 & it's suppose to be ready in 2008 for flights.

From a site....en.wikipedia.org

He made headlines again in 2004 with SpaceShipOne, which became the first private craft to reach space in June of that year and win the Ansari X Prize a few months later on October 4. SpaceShipOne completed 2 flights within 2 weeks, flying with the equivalent weight of 3 persons and doing so while reusing at least 80% of the vehicle hardware. The craft displays Rutan's unique form of design and aircraft concept. This achievement quickly turned to commercial success. Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Virgin Airlines, has annouced that it will begin space tourism flights in 2008 using craft based on the designs of SpaceShipOne. Dubbed SpaceShipTwo, these new craft, also designed by Burt Rutan, will allow 20 "experience optimized" passengers to glimpse the planet from 70-80 miles in suborbit. Production of the first of five planned SpaceShipTwo crafts is expected to start in late 2005, with the first test flights in 2007. Passengers are expected to fly in late 2008 or early 2009.

I know $200,000 is quite a hunk of change. But if the price came down, lets say $25,000.....who would buy a ticket?

What price would make you concider buying a ticket? Or too risky?

As Rutan says, its the start of a new era, a new area of business.... space tourism.....

Opinions, comments......

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:56:49 PM EST
25k is still out of MY forseeable budget- I only make 28k a year.

I would like to visit space, but the means of transport would concern me most.

I wouldn't like to just pop up, I would prefer to stay and visit for a few days.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:57:44 PM EST
If I had the money to blow I would love to. It would be a lot better if you could get into orbit.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:59:36 PM EST
Heck yea!

I better knock the dust off my ski mask and start visiting some convienece stores.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 10:04:25 PM EST
I've always wanted to go into space, but for that price I could live comfortably for many, many years.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 10:07:06 PM EST
I'd go........like right now too
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 10:19:41 PM EST
Hell NO!

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 10:24:59 PM EST
25K sounds reasonable compared to today's rates. I certainly could afford it, although I'd have to weigh it out against other 'investment' options at the time. I look at it as a $1000/month investment for 2 years. I spend easily 10K a month on my credit cards alone, so it's not so far fetched.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 10:26:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 10:26:38 PM EST by palmer]
Can you buy a one way ticket............for the wife?
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:06:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By palmer:
Can you buy a one way ticket............for the wife?

Remeinds me when I was little...


"Where is mom?"


"The moon"

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:12:09 PM EST
Heck yeah! But of course it would have to be MUCH cheaper than $25k and someone other than the .gov running the show. I wouldn't go on the space shuttle but maybe on some future commercial space tourism service if I'm still alive when that happens.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:34:49 PM EST
Pop a couple hits of LSD, you'll be in space in no time for less than fifty bucks , As far as going up in space i would do it in a heart beat, or 25 grand i would save it up and go, but not for just a few minutes, i want to be up there for at least an hour, maybe with the old lady it would give pearl necklace a whole new meaning. lol
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:37:51 PM EST
Not anymore. If I never have another exciting day, I've already had a few too many.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:41:06 PM EST
If I were the kind of guy that had that kindof disposable income, sure I'd do it. With the life I expect to lead I can't see myself doing it for more than the price of a short international vacation. Say $2,000-3,000.

Spaceship 1 and it's sister ships are supposed to carry 3 people including pilot. They'll make money and invest in craft that can carry more people to orbit. The price will drop.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:45:48 PM EST
Don't forget that three years after WE start doing it, the russians will say they invented it and do it for less with a similar vehicle.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:47:43 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:47:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By AKLover_91:
Don't forget that three years after WE start doing it, the russians will say they invented it and do it for less with a similar vehicle.

They'll just burn up on rentry slightly more frequently.
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 12:09:43 AM EST
If I have the extra cash just laying around then sure. I'll take lots of pics and get free drinks making bets at the bar.
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 12:23:13 AM EST
I wouldn't "ride the fire" even if it was for free. I build 'em, but I wont ride 'em.
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 1:22:32 AM EST
I'd start ratholing the dough today for such a ride.


Link Posted: 1/3/2006 1:45:29 AM EST
No , I like my feet planted on the good old earth, besides I would most likely not meaning to piss off the first alien I saw
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 1:48:41 AM EST
Hell Yea
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