Space Tourism Update: Spaceport Planned for Singapore

Space Adventures Ltd, the company that took the world’s first three space tourists to the International Space Station, is working with a consortium in Singapore on a $115 million base to launch rockets for suborbital flights. “The commercial possibilities of space tourism are enormous,” Nick Marrett, founder of Octtane and member of the consortium said. […]

Zero-G to Use Space Shuttle’s Runway at Kennedy Space Center

Zero-G, the first and only company approved by the FAA to conduct weightless flights for the general public, has reached an agreement with NASA to use the space shuttle’s runway and landing facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The first flight for the public will launch on June 24, and Zero-G will conduct […]

Books on Space Tourism

When I read in Popular Science that Eric Anderson, the CEO of Space Adventures, the first “cosmic travel agency,” I was intrigued. So I went over to Amazon.com and did a search. Would you believe that there are several books on space tourism? And they aren’t fiction! Amazon even sells articles on the topic. Well, […]

Another Spaceport Planned

Space Adventures, the “space experiences company” I mentioned in my Oct. 2, 2005, post, announced Thursday that it plans to build a spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The spaceport will be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, less than an hour drive from Dubai. Other potential locations include […]

Space Tourism — That Much Closer

Back in October, I wrote about space tourism. Recently, two companies have made steps to bring that dream a little closer. New Mexican Spaceport At a Sept. 27, 2004, press conference announcing the formation of Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin suite of companies including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic, boldly […]

Space Tourism

Would you pay $20 million (USD) to visit space? Gregory Olsen, Ph.D., a U.S. scientist and millionaire reportedly did just that. He, and an American-Russian crew aboard Russia’s Expedition 12, set off for the International Space Station yesterday, making Olsen the third non-astronaut to visit the station. They are due to arrive tomorrow (Monday). Although […]