[FPSPACE] Report: 2 customers for circumlunar trips?
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 26 09:50:18 EDT 2007
>From Edward Ellegood's space report (sorry, can't get to original story):
Space Tourism Industry is Lifting Off (Source: Christian Science Monitor)
"From the X Prize to civilian trips to the moon, private spaceflight is
attracting more interest among investors and would-be voyagers. The first
humans to take a swing around the moon in more than 35 years may not be NASA
astronauts, but space tourists. That is Eric Anderson's vision. The
president and CEO of Space Adventures says he already has his first two
passengers, each willing to pay $100 million for a ride around the moon
aboard a modified Russian spacecraft. If negotiations go well, the launch
could take place in "a small number of years," he says."
I myself wouldn't spend $100 million on a private flight, but then I don't
have $100 million.
$200 million is $200 million, and the mods are not that great.
Perminov/Secastyanov gave the architecture, Vick had estimates of the launch
costs, subtract and see what is left... I think it's a negative number, but
then the money offsets development costs, and moves Russia forward, able to
work with China in 2024 or so on CAPS...
The GDFMN ( or BChYMD) don't like this at all, but that's tough...
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