Science Fiction – Science Fact: The Sub Orbital Zero Sum Game

The time is fast approaching when civilians will be flying in the upper atmosphere as the first Space Tourists. Yes, those same touristas you saw in Mexico, sunburned like lobsters wearing Bermuda Shorts and “I went to Mexico and all I got was this lousy Tee Shirt” shirts, will soon be the new Elroy Jetsons. Sir Richard Branson and his company Virgin Galactic is due to roll out SpaceShip 2, designed and built by aviation pioneer and partner Burt Rutan. For the past  5 years, Rutans’ Scaled Composites, LLC, has been working in secret since winning the $10 Million Ansari X Prize by successfully building and flying the first privately manned craft to reach space.

Since the award, Branson has been taking reservations for tourists. It hasn’t been decided when the first flight will take place, but one thing is for sure:  if you can pay for it, you can go sometime soon, and so far there are over 300 reservations. Virgin Galactic is expected to build a fleet of 5 commercial spacecraft to begin serving their clients in the coming years at a cost of over $ 400 Million just to build.

This is Dome, sayin’: I will have “I Went Into Sub-Orbital Outer Space And All I Got Was This Lousy Tee-Shirt” shirts on sale here soon!

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