How Close Are We To Space Tourism?

How Close Are We To Space Tourism?


Imagine you have traveled everywhere on Earth. There is nothing new to see. You’ve witnessed the Aurora Borealis from
the North Pole. You’ve climbed to the top of Mount Everest. You’ve swam with sharks, safaried around
the savannah and ran with the bulls. The only place left to go is outer space. And if you’re lucky enough to have some
deep pockets, space tourism looks like it’s just around the corner. The idea of space tourism would have seemed
like a joke a few decades ago. During the 1960s, space exploration was almost
completely under the purview of government-run agencies. Well, two governments to be exact: The U.S.
and the Soviet Union. The two superpowers competed in the 1960’s
and 70’s in what is known as the “Space Race.” It was a test of each nation’s strength
and intelligence, like much of the posturing that occurred during the Cold War. But over time, a different kind of superpower
discovered space might be within their reach; the big dreamin’ businessman. Dennis Tito, the first space tourist, was
just that: , an American business man with no previous space travel experience who was
the first to pay to go into space. He apparently dropped $20 million to hop on
board a Russian spacecraft, landing on the ISS in April of 2001. Experts often agree that this was the moment
when the commercial space race began. Tito inspired a generation of billionaires
and CEOs to strive to reach the last frontier. And in 2004, the U.S. government made this
easier to accomplish, when it officially legalized private space travel. Before this, some laws had made it easier
for companies to build spacecrafts and launching pads mostly as they related to telecommunications
and satellites. But this bill made it possible for human space
travel to become completely private. And just six months before George W. Bush
officially signed the 2004 bill into law, the first privately-funded spacecraft left
Earth’s orbit, partly financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. But the first real major opening for private
companies to make their mark in space travel came in 2011, when NASA officially ended its
space shuttle program after 30 years of operation. The Obama administration decided to axe the
program choosing to direct more funding to private companies looking to build new spaceships. The move was intended to usher in an era of
public-private partnerships between NASA and private space companies. The idea being that NASA would contract these
companies to perform the duties its own astronauts and engineers used to do, saving the agency
money and providing a chance for the free market to establish a sense of competition
in getting to space. And there were plenty who were willing to
take on that challenge. In the U.S., the industry is thriving. In 2012, SpaceX sent the first commercially-built
vehicle to carry cargo to the ISS, a task which only government-run agencies had ever
done before. SpaceX has successfully launched and landed
multiple rockets since and have even promised to send two “space tourists” out to orbit
the moon by 2018. But not all missions have been successful. Virgin Galactic had a major setback after
a pilot died during a failed test flight of one of its spaceships, causing concern that
the tragedy might put their goal of creating a vibrant space tourism industry in doubt. Yet, less than two years later, things were
back on track for the company that dubs itself “the world’s first commercial spaceline.” Over 500 people, including many famous celebrities,
have already paid $250,000 for a future flight into space that only promises a few minutes
of actual time up there before the vehicle reenters Earth’s atmosphere. Virgin Galactic and Space X aren’t the only
game in town, either. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said that his space
travel company, Blue Origin, could send tourists to space as early as 2018. There are still a lot of questions and concerns
that need to be addressed before the private space industry can fully…take off. Virgin Galactic’s 2014 crash highlighted
just how risky and difficult it can be to build safe and successful space vehicles. The risky nature of such endeavors, not to
mention the lack of international laws and treaties governing space, makes the prospect
of running a viable space travel business much more difficult. Whether or not leaving space exploration up
to a generation of big-dreaming entrepreneurs is a good idea, it’s happening. And it’s happening fast. So now I guess all you thrill-seeking adventurers
need to start asking yourselves, is the price tag worth it? How far will the industry have to advance
for you to sign up?

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  1. Why they don't fly small spacecraft with special planes high enough for them to not launch from ground and get more space time for the spaceship?

  2. NASA will not let it go into space because we will know all of your secrets and they could have been telling us lyes this whole time, space might not even look like space it might not look like the things we see in pictures and movies

  3. Risk is part of the game when pushing beyond a current limit, we can of course minimize the risk, but when it's not been done before, it's inherently unknown. I'm reasonably certain there are plenty of people willing to risk their very life for a chance of leaving the earth even if for a short time, unfortunately the health and safety groups have become nannies, I think if they had their way, no one would be allowed to climb mountains without a safety net at the bottom.

  4. Going just a few hundred miles above sea level is not real space travel its just a glorified airplane. REAL space tourism goes out to the moon or other planets. Low Earth orbit does not impress me anymore.

  5. You said it was 2012 when spaces launched their first commercial rocket but showed ses-10 which launched in march of 2017…

  6. In roughly a hundred years we have built planes that travel faster than the speed of sound. a Ryan air flight is as low as 50 quid.. give it 10 15 years and this space idea will be well established

  7. I don't know in 2017, but until 2016 if you had 50 mln USD you could pay your ticket in ROSCOSMOS travel and board the ISS. And for that, you also had to complete the 6 months training, during which you would mostly develop the magnificent "do no touch anything" ability.
    If 50 mln was too much for you, for more or less 10 thousand EU, you could reach the stratosphere, and also break the sound barrier and much more in a modified Mig29. But first you need to go to Russia, because this is where all this magic happens atm.

  8. January 14, 2004, President George Bush announced the cancelling of the space shuttle to be completed in 2010. And that's how the program proceeded.

  9. If I've done everything, I would just learn more about far eastern cultural lore. There is so much to learn about Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shinto that you could emerse yourself for decades.

  10. There are a few fundemental problems with commercial space travel. For example, you have to be between 62 and 75 inches tall. Don't ask why, but it's true. You have to be willing to deal with the roommates for months on end. It's a tiny space since rockets get very expensive with size. Plenty more and they're fairly interesting.

  11. I teach scuba diving in the Pacific Northwest so I have an affinity for extreme environments. I've always thought that going to space would always be out of reach. For some reason as of late, outer space has rekindled a spark in me that I haven't had since I was a kid. If there ever came an opportunity to go to space, I would do anything to go!

  12. What if your a pilot at virgin galactic then you get free space flights saving you 250,000 dollars every flight play you get paid to do it

  13. If it left Earth's orbit it would have gone to deep space. You mean left Earth's atmosphere. Also Elon will not Orbit people around the moon. Its a flyby of the moon. Get your facts right guys! And to think this is a "Science" channel.

  14. Hey Seeker,you guys made a series on China's space program.I guess it's time for one on India and Japan.
    #likes for the series

  15. Everything on earth is perfect, we have nothing serious to do, let's go to space. What a shame to humanity. First we have to straighten things up, and for that to happen we need a resource based economy as defined by the Zeitgeist movement, TZM.

  16. The Left has held back the world with their radical agenda, space tourism should have been a regular thing by the end of the 70s.

  17. why include the run with the bulls thing? I would imagine this type of content using different examples of what tourism is and not unnecessarily including cruelty, SMH

  18. tourism? poor people like me will soon have a much better option: be the cannon-food colonists in suicide missions, building shit on mars and beyond. And yes, sign me up, I give up this rock and would need no payment for the chance to get the hell out. (And I bet I'm not alone in this)

  19. The US had laws governing the human entry into space LMAO!! No one owns space, no one can tell anyone they can't go there. This is ridiculous!! Typical politicians thinking they can tell everyone what to do!

  20. It pays to have deep pocket. I assumed that if space travel did happen, only the privilege few will get a chance.

    As for the rest of the world? Well? Just wait 1000 more years before it become as common as today commercial flight. Then everyone will get a chance.

    Sorry to pierce your bubble, everyone here watching this video today, will never has a chance to travel to space.

  21. commercial race….? bullshit! when those space objects return they burn in air, right? So aluminum for example will react with oxigen and produce Aluminium oxide which will slowly go down to earth and be inhaled most likely by those who can not afford space travel. 🙂

  22. SpaceX (Space Sex)
    Blue Origin (Blue Orgy)
    Virgin Galactic (…)

    Why do all these space companies sound so sexual?

  23. I wish people grow up and understand that people will die when testing new tech. hell people still die in fully approved tech that's been implemented for decades! anytime you leave the ground or stay on the ground you are at risk of dieing lol.

  24. That rather pathetic lump of 'got done, now what?' at the beginning… don't travel much, do you? I'll let someone else take a ride to Mars. I'm still enjoying my home planet very much, thank you. There's tons to see, and for a hell of a lot less that a ticket to Mars, with its uncertainties. For souls brave enough to take the ride, travel well, travel safe.

  25. First privately funded, manned spacecraft to LEAVE EARTH'S ORBIT???? That's got to be a blooper. Guys?

  26. Just around the corner is what we’ve been hearing for years. I’ll wager we will keep hearing it for many decades to come

  27. You can send these Flat earthers into space and they would still deny what they see with their own eyes. They will say this isn't real and is some kind of global satanic conspiracy with fixed windows from the spacecraft to trick the mind.

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